We could not have done it without you! Yet again, we collected more than 1,000 non-perishable food and hygiene items during our Thanksgiving in July campaign. We appreciate each of you that donated, thank you! These items were delivered to our two chosen charities for 2019 the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery and Sojourn Shelter & Services.
The Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery serves children, up to their 7th birthday, and their families who are experiencing some type of crisis. The nursery services are free, regardless of income. Executive director, Tamara Doyle, said in addition to the emergency care of children, the nursery offers diapers, wipes, formula, food, clothing, blankets, and books through its basic needs’ pantry. “If not for the on-going support from the community, the nursery would not be able to provide these services,” she said. If you were unable to donate items during our drive in July the nursery requires all size diapers, wipes, and general baby items – specifically size 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 sized diapers and pull-ups – which you can drop off at the facility at 1011 N 7th St, Springfield.
Sojourn Shelter & Services provides shelter services, children’s programs, court advocacy, nonresidential services, prevention, and education programs and a volunteer program. We were excited to support this worthwhile organization once again! Executive director, Angela Bertoni, said: “We truly appreciate Dr. Willey, his staff, and his clients for all their continued support. We could not do what we do without you. What an amazing blessing for our agency and clients!”
Donations of items during the summer are extremely important because those in need require such services year-round. There are people, your neighbor, a friend, the child that sits next to your son or daughter at school, or even family members that are in need 365 days a year. It’s now, before the kids return to school, that families are struggling to put food on the table and make ends meet. In summer it is when these vital services are at capacity and need all the help they can get. So, again, thank you for your support. If you were not able to donate but would like to do so both organizations will accept donations year-round.
Our next giving campaign takes place in December when we will be supporting, once again, in the Family Service Center’s Tree of Wishes and the 15 agencies it supports. Each year we collect items for the Family Service Center Tree of Wishes, through our office/staff, which include clothes, toys, books hygiene products, etc. In 2018 we collected nearly 500 items from 150 Springfield residents’ cards. We’ll begin collecting items in the run-up to the holidays. Let's see if we can exceed that number this year!