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Like many of you, I'm shaking my head at the realization that Christmas is so close! It's easy to become overwhelmed with the thought of all there is to do to get ready: get out all the decorations for inside and outside the house, write the Christmas newsletter, buy and send Christmas cards, figure out menus and Christmas cookies to make, shopping - oh my gosh, the shopping, for gifts for the immediate and extended family, and let's not forget the important quest of finding the perfect Christmas tree. So little time with so much to do!
In the midst of this mental whirlwind, I met with a family in need of emergency food assistance. As we talked, I understood that the husband unexpectedly lost his job about a month and a half ago. No notice, no reason to think such a thing would happen and then - shock! He's out of work. In lieu of other considerations through the year, this father/husband chose to take a Christmas bonus which the family could count on the first of December. This is a double whammy as not only is he now unemployed but their means of providing Christmas has disappeared. What makes this even more difficult is there's no guarantee of unemployment. The mother started crying as she shakily asked if I knew anywhere they could get help for their three children for Christmas. At this late date, most programs sign-ups have been long closed. Her first, most pressing concern was food for her family. If you've never been in this position, where do you go to get help to put food on your table? Realizing it's December, just a few weeks from Christmas, where do you find the Christmas miracle for your family?
This was such a reality check. It made me realize I have nothing to shake my head about. Yes, it's the holiday season and there's much to do to be ready, but I have the means to give my family Christmas. I have a job and benefits and food for the table besides. Imagine not being able to provide a basic staple such as food for your children and the worry of keeping a roof over their heads and heat and lights on. Then imagine how heavy it weighs on your heart thinking you need to find a way to explain that Santa won't be coming this year.
The good news is, there's still time for Christmas miracles and you have the magic to make it happen. It's as easy as purchasing gift cards for Target, Wal-Mart - one stop shopping stores - or Visa gift cards that can be used anywhere - grocery store cards, gift cards for gas. If you prefer, you can make a tax deductible contribution allowing us to use monies where they're most needed. These gifts put smiles on sad faces and take the weight off a heavy heart. Whether it's a senior citizen who lives alone with no support network or a family with children, these gifts of caring change lives. It reinforces that this is the most wonderful time of the year and the spirit of Christmas is alive and well. Together, we instill hope and give heart to the message of the season - BELIEVE.
Wishing you and your loved ones the merriest Christmas ,
Cathy L. Bird, Executive Director
Hours of Business:
Food LInk Offices will be open on
Tuesday - Thursday, 9 -4
and Friday 9 - 3
Emergency Needs for December
Shelf stable milk
We also need paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, laundry detergent, tooth paste, cleaning supplies.
December 2013 - NEW ANNAPOLITANS HOLIDAY DONATIONS TO OUR BABY PANTRY
November 18 to December 30, 2013 - WHOLE FOODS MARKET ANNAPOLIS “Feed 4 More” CAMPAIGN
Thanksgiving 2013 - GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN CHURCH IN ARNOLD COLLECTED AND DONATED 67 TURKEYS TO FOOD LINK
Thanksgiving 2013 - DAISY TROOP # 1287 MONTESSORI INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S HOUSE
December 3, 2013 - GIVING TUESDAY,
November 2, 2013 - Whole Foods Market Annapolis 5% Day!The Whole Foods Market Annapolis store will be
donating 5% of their proceeds from 8am to 10pm to Food Link.
HIGHLIGHTING FAYE CURRIE
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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)