7 Habits of Highly Effective People Inspires Student to Host Bake Sale for Neighbors in Need

Kiran Rajan, a 7th grader at Fairfield Woods Middle School, recently read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in health class. To encourage communication, organization, and self-management skills, the students had to initiate, plan, and carry out a community service project of their choosing. Kiran thought about how fortunate she is to never have to know what it feels like to go hungry or not have a roof over her head. She decided to organize a bake sale to raise funds for Operation Hope. Kiran planned the menu, shopped and baked with her mom, had her dad help set up and enlisted her sister and a friend to help sell the baked goods outside Snappy Gator, a store in Fairfield Center. Kiran learned how to communicate the work Operation Hope does to end hunger and homeless for those in need in our community and how to ask for donations (not an easy task!). She raised $613, which she presented to Pantry Manager Heather Woelk and Pantry volunteer Kathleen McNamara. We are grateful to students like Kiran for taking the initiative to care for and feed our neighbors in need. Thank you, Kiran, and also to your friends and family who supported you in this endeavor!

“Hope for the Holidays” Gift Program Seeks Sponsors & General Gift Card Donations

‼️🎁Operation Hope’s “Hope for the Holidays” sponsors for individuals & general gift cards needed!🎁‼️
 
Add some joy to your holiday season by doing something that will make a difference for another person. We are in need of sponsors for 40 individuals and general gift cards. As we have done for the past two years, we are limiting donations to gift cards only. General gift cards can be in the denomination of $25 and for ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Target and Visa. “Hope for the Holidays” helps connect local families and individuals in need with generous individuals and organizations in our community to provide food and gifts they might otherwise go without.
 
We ask those interested in “adopting” an individual or providing general gift cards to let us know ASAP by emailing Evie Angel, Hope for the Holidays Program Chair, at [email protected]. Let Evie know if you would like to adopt an individual or provide general gift cards. Gift cards are due to Evie by December 1. Thank you for opening your heart this holiday season! ❤️
 
 
 

Thanking Our Veterans Today – And Every Day

Today, and every day, we honor our country’s Veterans, who serve in the most selfless of ways to protect our freedoms 🇺🇸❤️🤍💙🇺🇸

Here at home, we are proud that our state, Connecticut, continues to lead the country in curbing Veterans’ homelessness. If you or someone you know is having difficulty getting the Veterans’ services they need, please contact Senator Chris Murphy’s office or visit https://www.murphy.senate.gov/issues/veterans. 🇺🇸❤️🤍💙🇺🇸

Please note our business office, Food Pantry and Community Kitchen are closed today.

Operation Hope Closed for Veterans Day, November 11

Our office and Food Pantry will be closed on Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Regular business hours (including donation drop offs) and pantry hours resume Monday, November 14. Thank you.

Henry Hollow Collects Donations for Food Pantry

Congratulations to the Wilson family of Fairfield for winning the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Halloween House Decorating Contest! 🥇The Wilson family transformed their home into Henry Hollow, a spooky fun-fest for Halloween 👻 And they also collected donations for Operation Hope. What a fun way to help our neighbors in need! 🎃 Thank you, Wilson family, and to all your donors!

McKinley School Collects Socks for Operation Hope

Thank you to McKinley Elementary School for its donation of lots of socks 🧦 5th grader and Student Council member Mira dropped off the donation today. We appreciate the McKinley community helping keep our clients’ toes cozy this winter 🧦❤️

Fairfield Public Schools’ Early Childhood Center Food Drive Helps Neighbors in Need

Recently, 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!

Help Stock Our Pantry Shelves

Help us stock our Food Pantry to help our neighbors in need. Our most pressing needs are cash, checks and grocery store gifts cards, which allow us to purchase fresh produce, dairy and meat for our clients. Regular sized items (not bulk) appreciated. Drop off at our pantry M-F, 9am-5pm at 636 Old Post Road; there’s a drop off area to the left of the building. Or simply shop our Amazon Wish List and send the donation directly to us at http://bit.ly/oh-pantry-wish-list. And, monetary donations are always welcome so we can purchase exactly what we need for our clients: http://bit.ly/oh-donate. Thank you!

– CASH, CHECKS, GROCERY STORE GIFT CARDS (to buy perishables)
– Ensure & Boost
– Canned chicken & other canned meats
– Dried potatoes
– Canned fruit
– Juice
– Adult diapers
– Shaving supplies
– Deodorant
– Soap & body wash
– Paper towels & toilet paper
– Peanut butter
– Jelly, jam & honey
– Pasta sauce (preferably in plastic containers)
– Tomato products (diced, crushed, paste, etc)
– Coffee & hot chocolate
– Pancake mix & syrup
– Oatmeal & cereal

Happy Halloween!

Operation Hope wishes you a “bootiful” and spooky Halloween! Please stay safe and have fun! 🎃👻 🍭🍫🍬

OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY


636 Old Post Road

Fairfield, CT 06824
203-292-5588

OFFICE & DONATION HOURS

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

PANTRY HOURS

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday:
    10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Thursday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

OUTREACH & COMMUNITY KITCHEN

50 Nichols Street
Fairfield, CT
 06824
203-254-2934

COMMUNITY KITCHEN HOURS

Meals served Monday - Friday:

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