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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Family-to-Family Makes Poverty Relief Personal: Give Where You Live! campaign

Oct 28, 2015 12:27PM

Pam Koner, director of Family-to-Family

Starting with Thanksgiving, Family-to-Family, the national hunger and poverty-relief organization, will launch its annual Give Where You Live! campaign, a holiday season effort that provides those with enough to share with a truly compassionate, hyper-local giving experience. The nonprofit’s Stuff a Turkey / Stuff a Shirt program encourages families and their guests to “stuff a shirt for the homeless” before their holiday meal.

“Many homeless people find themselves moving from one shelter to another with ​limited and inconsistent access to personal-care products,” says Pam Koner, director of Family-to-Family. “As part of the Thanksgiving gathering, F-to-F suggests asking each guest to bring small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, soaps, washcloths, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, along with a new, extra-large T-shirt to wrap all the items up in. F-to-F will find a local shelter where you can bring the stuffed shirts, or you can keep a few in your car to give out when you see someone in need.”

For those who want to do more, Koner suggests visiting Family-to-Family.org to learn about its Compassionate Gift Alternatives (such as the $100 victory garden kit); its Stuff a Stocking program benefiting children living in poverty; and the Give It Up! program, a “pay it forward” twist on gift getting and giving. “By connecting donors one-to-one with specific families in need, Family-to-Family brings a large and seemingly intractable problem—poverty—into personal focus, making proactive, attainable results possible, one family at a time,” Koner says.

​For more information, visit Family-to-Family.org or email [email protected]