Reading Treasury Donates Book-Themed Gift Bags to Families

Reading can be a great escape for many people, regardless of age. In the summer of 2020, during the pandemic, reading was one of 9 year old Oola Breen-Ryan’s favorite pastimes. Wanting to share her love of books with other people, she started distributing books she’d read and enjoyed to her close friends, then adding little items like hand-bound journals and bookmarks to fit the general theme of the books. Soon, Oola was doing this for a nursing home, and then she reached out to a local homeless shelter, where she and her parents created 21 boxes, each with a unique theme, for kids ranging from 9 months to 17 years old. Oola’s non-profit reading initiative, “Reading Treasury,” was born! So far, Reading Treasury has donated 164 books, 69 handmade bookmarks, and about 72 journals to children in need.

Some of Operation Hope’s clients were fortunate to recently be on the receiving end of this kindness. Oola donated baby reader gift bags for the holidays, including a handmade quilt, stuffed animal and baby book. One of our clients, a new mom, was ecstatic to receive such a lovely gift. Thank you to Oola and her parents, Susan and David, for finding a way to encourage a love for reading and to be the light during a time when many are struggling. 

Fairfield Early Childhood Center Colors for Caring Food Drive

Last month, the Fairfield Early Childhood Center (ECC) held its “Colors for Caring” food drive to benefit Operation Hope. Colors for Caring is the ECC’s collection/donation drive that they do every other month. The staff and children all wear a color on the same day and the children are asked to put their donation (such as a can of food) on the table to practice giving back to others in need in the community. The drive was held across the district PreK programming located at Warde and Stratfield schools. The ECC program provides services to Fairfield students with delays and disabilities as well as preschool experiences for typical peers ages 3 to kindergarten. The ECC feels one is never too young to care, and believes in giving back to the community and helping those in need.

Thank you to the ECC community for feeding and caring for our neighbors in need. We are grateful for these lessons being taught early in life and love our littlest helpers. One day, we look forward to them becoming some of our biggest helpers!

 

 

 

 

Twins Choose to Help Neighbors in Need in Lieu of Birthday Gifts

Meet twins Mia and Anthony Khoury! The twins recently turned 6 and in lieu of presents to celebrate, they requested their party guests bring food and diapers for Operation Hope’s pantry. Their parents fully supported this idea, and are proud that the twins are aware of the inequality that exists when it comes to basic needs. The life lesson to help those less fortunate is a lesson actively taught to the twins by their family, here at home in Fairfield, in the greater New York City area and in Lebanon, the twins’ father’s home country, where the country is facing a severe financial crisis. The twins help neighbors in need locally as well as abroad. We are grateful for our littlest helpers, and that with understanding the lessons of empathy and generosity early in life, we know Mia and Anthony are well on their way to helping in big ways in the future!

Cold Weather Alert Extended Through February 2

A severe cold weather alert 🥶 has been extended by Governor Ned Lamont until noon Wednesday, February 2 to ensure everyone has adequate shelter during the upcoming severe cold weather.
The reason for the extension is that current forecasts are indicating that over the next two weeks, highs in the state are generally expected to be in the 20s, with lows in the single digits or teens. At times, the state may experience a few arctic outbreaks during which highs may only reach about 10 degrees, with lows dipping to between -10 and -20 degrees.
 
If you or someone you know is in urgent need of a place to keep warm, find your nearest warming center by calling 2-1-1 or at https://uwc.211ct.org/get-help/warmingcenters/. @unitedwaycfc Please stay warm and safe!

Amazon Wish List Makes It Easy to Help Neighbors in Need

Our Amazon Food Pantry Wish List makes it quick and easy for you to help feed and care for our neighbors in need from the comfort of your home! In just seconds, click, donate and help someone in need: http://bit.ly/oh-amazon-pantry-wish-list. And if our choices are out of stock or won’t come in for another month, feel free to choose other brands or similar items. Or even donate directly to us at http://bit.ly/oh-donate.
 
🙏🏽Our gratitude to these recent generous donors: the Gee family, Elaine Raisides, Mia, Ekaterina Ena, Steven Parmelee, and anonymous friends.
 
🙏🏽Help us stock our shelves to feed our neighbors in need in the coming winter months.
 
❤️Thank you from the bottom of our heart!❤️

Take Control of Your Winter Utilities with Trinity Solar – and Support Operation Hope

Save some money this winter by meeting with a solar specialist from Trinity Solar to learn how you can take control of this winter’s utility increases. Trinity will contribute $100 to Operation Hope for every homeowner that has a no-obligation educational consultation with them. It’s an easy way to support Operation Hope!
 
✅ Simply schedule your quick consultation to see if solar works for your home at https://www.trinity-solar.com/organization/operation-hope/ or call 800-655-2500 (be sure to mention Operation Hope). Thank you! ☀️

Fairfield Equity Coalition Food Drive Fills the Pod!

Wow! What a haul! Despite the frigid temps 🥶on Saturday, many people drove up and donated to help fill our pod! Our deepest appreciation to all donors, to our many volunteers and their helping hands, to First Church for allowing us use of the shared parking lot, and especially to Fairfield Equity Coalition for spearheading this effort to help feed and care for our neighbors in need 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽
 
If you couldn’t swing by, please consider a monetary donation – any size appreciated – at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/operationhopect. Thank you!

“There Is Nothing New About Poverty” – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will forever hold a place in the hearts of millions of people around the world. While his messages focused on the immediate need for freedom from racism, discrimination and brutality toward African Americans, Dr. King also used his platform to shed light on global poverty, and the need for nations to come together to combat this epidemic. In Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize address in 1964 he says, “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.”

More than 50 years later, Dr. King’s message still rings true, and unfortunately poverty, which generally lead to hunger and homelessness, continues to permeate our society. But together, we can do something about it, and honor Dr. King by making our small part of the world a better place. Even though we are closed today, you can help us end hunger and homelessness right here at home by doing one of these three things on this Day of Service and at any time:

1. Donate non-perishables and personal care items for our Food Pantry clients and drop off at 636 Old Post Road, M-F, 9am-5pm. Our wish list: https://operationhopect.org/help-stock-shelves/

2. Purchase non-perishables and personal care items from our Amazon wish list and have them sent directly to us: http://bit.ly/oh-amazon-pantry-wish-list

3. Make a financial contribution. $.90 of every dollar received by Operation Hope goes directly to our clients by providing food, housing and supportive counseling: http://bit.ly/oh-donate

We cannot take on this task by ourselves, and are truly grateful to be part of a community that cares so deeply for its neighbors in need. Thank you 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽

Join Us for Fairfield Equity Coalition’s Food Drive Today!

Brrrrrr 🥶 Thanks to our volunteers and Fairfield Equity Coalition for heading up today’s Food Drive to benefit Operation Hope. Drive up, drop off and donate! Hosted in the lot behind First Church and Operation Hope, 12-3pm. Please see the wish list posted to see what is most needed. We are grateful for these folks and our donors for braving the cold to help our neighbors in need ❤️🙏🏽❤️
 
If you can’t swing by, please consider a monetary donation – any size appreciated – at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/operationhopect. Thank you!

Severe Cold Weather Alert & Warming Center Info

A severe cold weather alert has been activated by the Office of Governor Ned Lamont in effect from noon today, January 14, until noon Wednesday, January 19. The reason for the activation is the arrival of intense arctic cold in Connecticut starting tonight resulting in temperatures in the single digits and wind chill factors below zero, followed by a potential winter storm. If you or someone you know is in urgent need of a place to keep warm, find your nearest warming center by calling 2-1-1 or at https://uwc.211ct.org/get-help/warmingcenters/. @unitedwaycfc Stay warm and safe!

OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY


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Fairfield, CT 06824
203-292-5588

OFFICE & DONATION HOURS

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PANTRY HOURS

Monday, Wednesday & Friday:
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Thursday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Fairfield, CT
 06824
203-254-2934

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Lunch: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 6:30pm