Today’s post is written by Alison Raitt, the Director of Fund Development for the Los Angeles Region with Uplift Family Services. In her role she manages current fundraising programs in the region, as well as implementing new strategies to increase awareness and support in the market area.
Thanksgiving looked a little different for many families in Hollywood and South Los Angeles this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified an already extraordinary battle against food insecurity, but alongside an incredibly caring and generous community, we were determined to “do whatever it takes” to help the children and families we serve.
Thanks to the immense generosity from members of the Wagon Wheel and Larchmont Charter School communities, our families had access to plenty of food and were able to create a little more joy this season. Our philanthropic partners raised more than $3,300.00 and donated 676 individual items of food. Overall, we were able to help 190 families in the Los Angeles region.
Our families were overwhelmed with joy and relief knowing their children would have delicious food on the table over the Thanksgiving holiday. The resounding message was “thank you” and “God bless” from those who came.
Thank you to our tireless volunteers, donors, staff, and community. A special thank you to Eleanor Hong, who spearheaded the food and donation drive for Larchmont Charter School, and Board of Governors member and chair of the volunteer group The Hollies, Sheri Weller, who championed the food collection drive from Wagon Wheel. You make a real difference for children and families in our community, and we are grateful for you this holiday season and beyond!
If you were unable to participate in this food drive, but still want to help children and families in your community this holiday season, you can join our year-end giving drive, which will help families with necessities such as laptops for distance learning and telehealth services, as well as essential behavioral health services that ensure children and teens can thrive in school and at home.
If you or your family are in need this holiday season and beyond, you can find a partial list of food banks and other resources in your area on our coronavirus resources page.