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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

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

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 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.

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