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BFC Board President, Jon Fee, writes about Holiday Helpings for this year

Happy Holiday Helpings!

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.

In past years, Bread for the City asked for donations to help us give turkeys and other food items directly to families for their holiday meals.  This year, because of the pandemic, we are giving individuals and families $50 Visa gift cards to help them buy holiday groceries or pay other household expenses as they see fit.  Gift cards offer flexibility to meet differing needs during the continuing health crisis, and we are delighted to offer these gift cards to help families make ends meet in this difficult time.

Our Holiday Helpings goal this year is ambitious.  We hope to raise as much as $1 million to help as many as 15,000 families or more.  I’m happy to report that we are well on our way to meeting this goal.  If you haven’t donated yet, there is plenty of time left.  Just click here and sponsor as many families as you can, at $50 per family, so we can make Holiday Helpings a giant success this year!

Holiday Helpings is a huge part, but only a part, of the comprehensive services we provide throughout the year.  Bread for the City serves thousands of DC residents with food, clothing, legal advice and representation, medical care, social services, and community advocacy, all with dignity and respect.  We offer these services with the optimistic, heartfelt objective to relieve poverty and undo racism in our great city.

From my vantage as board president, I wish everyone happy and safe holidays. Please look after the health of our community by wearing masks, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.  And give, if you can, to Holiday Helpings so that some of our neighbors, including those hardest hit by the pandemic, enjoy a little more comfort and joy for their holidays.

Happy holidays, everyone, and Happy Holiday Helpings!

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