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Christmas is for Giving 2022

Will you give so that we can help more families in need this Holiday Season?

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We are fundraising so that we can meet more needs in our community!

We have been blessed to serve our community throughout this year with food, clothing, household supplies and in the colder months, coats, warm clothes, Christmas decorations and new toys for children. Many of you have helped us to accomplish so much and we are grateful! We just celebrated 57 years of service in November!

Many of you have helped us to reach our goal of providing Thanksgiving food boxes for 1500 families this year.

We will be ordering and receiving new donations of warm pajamas and coats for babies size 2T-5T to add to the items that will be given for Baby Blessings on December 20th. We would like to be able to to give each of the 150+ babies that we serve some warm clothing articles. We have some of what we need but we do need more.

December 17th is our favorite time! We host a special holiday children's Christmas celebration where will be distributing new toys, gift cards and candy to children in need. We'll be having two Christmas parties this year at Huntington Assembly. We'll begin that registration right after Thanksgiving and anticipate serving around 1000 children 700 which will come to the party and an additional 300 referred from LI organizations who've reached out for help for kids. We'd like to help all those that come and don't want to turn children away. We will give each child 2 new toys and candy. We'll have cocoa and cookies. We're so excited! We'll be purchasing additional toys to add to the toys donated from toy drives and private donations.

This past year in addition to all that is given out at our pantry, Community Closet and Baby Blessings, you've helped us to share over $20,000 with families like the Ruiz, Miller, Acevedo, Taramishi, White and Roman families. We were able to help with extended unmet needs in their time of needing a helping hand. Insurance bills, help with rent or security deposits and other needed expenses were helped with.

The needs in our community are great. We see them every day when the line forms and we begin to serve those who have come. Grace Lopez who does the intake and registration keeps a list of requests and needs and we do our best to fulfill them when we are able to.

We are still fundraising to rebuild our Community Kitchen & Dining Room Building. We are almost halfway to our goal of $800,000 which is the approximate cost to rebuild this commercial structure so that it can serve nutritious, freshly prepared meals and provide a homelike place for those in need in our community to feel welcomed as they come to eat.

We're planning to pack 150 Christmas food boxes with special foods and treats to distribute the week of 12/20/22. We will be collecting meats and also gift cards too that we can share with those who come so that they can have a nice holiday meal.

We are praying for additional provision at the end of this year to help with the immediate holiday needs and also to help as we go into a cold winter ahead when many seasonal workers will be without work and will turn to us for help with food and other basic needs. We anticipate that our pantry lines will increase as the winter progresses until spring when outside work is available again. As prices of goods, services and utilities rise, the cost of our outreach has increased. We are grateful for every donation that helps us to continue our much needed work in this community where we have served families in need for over 57 years.

Will you help us to make the holidays happier for families community this holiday season and help with our food and service needs moving forward into the winter months?

Your donation helps us to do so much for others and we are grateful to God for your support, kindness and friendship. Thank you for all that you do to help us help others at Helping Hand Rescue Mission.


We are MOST GRATEFUL to all those who help us to meet the needs of those who come for help. May God bless our community and our world with His peace in this coming year!