This is the time of year that Bread for City helps make the holidays a little more special for thousands of DC families. Giving for Holiday Helpings is a holiday tradition at my house, and I hope it is at yours, too! For me, it’s as though my holidays don’t begin until I do some volunteering and make a donation for Holiday Helpings.
Our CEO George Jones reminds everyone about Holiday Helpings. Your support is still needed. Holiday Helpings this year is about turning tradition into progress. Due to these unprecedented times, our community members need more options than just a holiday meal. #HolidayHelpings
We want to invite you to join us today at 6 pm. for our Holiday Helpings Virtual Halftime Show. It will feature special guests, performances from national and local artists, and a few surprises. This event is to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to encourage people to support us. It will be hosted by Britt Waters, host of the Washington Wizards and Mystics, and Kevin Blackistone from The Washington Post and ESPN’s Around the Horn.
As mid-November, THRIVE has distributed more than $1.8M in assistance to 328 Wards 7 and 8 families. We have also started a weekly grocery distribution, and are providing dry goods (hand soaps, a 64 oz. bottle of Tide, toilet paper and first aid kits) to clients working with THRIVE.
Our community members are in deep need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many low-income families are struggling with employment, food security, and mental health. The holiday season is here, but celebrating with family and friends may not be a priority to everyone. Holiday Helpings this year is about turning tradition into progress, we’re providing the necessary tools for people to make their own decisions. This year Lauren Taylor, Representative Payee Benefits Coordinator, created a classy page to help raise funds for Holiday Helpings. We got the chance to speak with Lauren about her participation this year.
Community members explain the impact of Thrive East of the River. It’s a partnership between Bread for the City, 11th Street Bridge Park, Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, and Martha’s Table. We’re providing 500+ households impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns with $5,500 in cash, groceries, diapers, and other dry goods; and assistance with financial counseling and job readiness.