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There is a favorite holiday saying that begins: "Every time a hand reaches out to help another...that is Christmas..." I was reminded of that time and again by you, our wonderful supporters, who gave from your hearts this past holiday. Your generous donation to Food Link became the hands that reached out to help a family in need, to touch a child or a lonely senior citizen or someone in despair. What a difference you made!
Because of you, Christmas came to many who had no hope of any semblance of a holiday. Parents without the means to provide Christmas watched with teary smiles as their children scrambled to the beautiful gifts under the tree. Because of you, Christmas came for a single mother living with her five children in an unheated mobile home sleeping on straw pallets in the forms of inflatable mattresses, food, clothes and heat. Because of you, Christmas came to a husband and wife who had taken in six nieces and nephews to avoid their being separated and placed in foster care - with food and gifts for all. Christmas came to a grandmother who needed $400 to get into an apartment that would accommodate her and the grandson she was taking in; they celebrated in their own apartment with smiles from ear to ear. Christmas came to a mother with four children facing momentary eviction because she wasn't paid for her time off with emergency surgery and couldn't make the rent. Christmas came for a senior citizen who lives alone and used her food basket to cook Christmas dinner for 8 other people in her building who also had nowhere to go and no one to celebrate the holiday with. She was ecstatic and so grateful. Because of you, Christmas came to a shut-in with debilitating health issues who is alone in this world but felt cared about by those who gave her gifts to open and holiday food.
Know that in quiet moments of Christmas, many grateful hearts said a prayer of thanks for the unseen hand that reached out to help them. The smiles, the tears of joy, the happy hearts, the unfurrowed brows, the endless gratitude and awe belong to all of you.
It is said this is the season of miracles and we know that's true - because of you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your caring hearts and generous spirits with us. My other favorite holiday saying: "God bless us every one!" Warmest Personal Thanks,
Cathy L. Bird, Executive Director,
Staff & Board of Food Link
IMPORTANT NOTICE: if you are in need of emergency assistance. We cannot guarantee someone will be here to take care of walk-ins.
YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT...
Hours of Business:
Food Link Offices will be open on
Tuesday - Thursday, 9 -4
and Friday 9 - 3
Produce Program Schedule
OVER FOR 2014.
We begin again Friday, January 30th, then Friday, February 27th, Friday, March 27th ... then begin our weekly program again Friday, April 3rd.
January's Emergency Needs
Hot and cold cereal
Pancake mix and syrup
Mac and cheese
Instant potatoes and gravy
Large size diapers and wipes
Tuna and Tuna Helper.
Annapolis Area Christian School donated more than two truckloads of non-perishable food and diapers!
St. Mary's Elementary School donated 1,800 pounds of food as a part of their Maryland Day to Serve Program. [read more]
- KnowledgeLink's short-term exchange program for international students lead a project to benefit Food Link at The Calverton School for a group of middle school students from Hanzhou, China. [read more]
Thanks to all who donated to Food Link through Great Give 2014! We earned $2,525.... but the need never ends! Donate here throughout the year.
Food Link, Inc.
2666 Riva Road
3rd Floor MS 8302
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-897-3941 (main/Paula Gordon)
410-897-3942 (main/Cathy Holstrom-Bird)