Dear Friend of the Center:
The holiday season is once again upon us, meaning it’s time for our annual appeal. We depend on you–because so many Berkshire County families depend upon us for the essentials of everyday life. To encourage your reinvestment in the Center’s mission, let me update you on how your donations have been used.
Over the past year, we have provided services to more than two thousand households that meet poverty guidelines. Specifically, our breakfast and lunch program has served over 10,000 meals; our food pantry has supplied approximately 130,000 pounds of fresh and non-perishable food, and our free clothing store was visited by 5,600 shoppers for clothing, diapers, and household items. Our Thanksgiving celebration provided a tasteful and nutritious meal to 100 guests at the Center and delivered 300 Thanksgiving meals to the sick and elderly. Further, the collaborative efforts of the Turkey Angel Program supplied all the Thanksgiving fixings for 1,500 families. Lastly, our Teen Angel Program delivered gifts to 250 teenagers at Christmas.
We are offering our donors the opportunity to select where and how their contribution will be directed. The following programs need your support:
- Food Pantry ($150 will feed a family of four for one month)
- Holiday Teen Angel ($200 will provide Christmas gifts for three teenagers)
- Children’s Summer Program ($300 will sponsor one child’s attendance)
- Fuel Fund ($350 will cover the cost of heat for one week)
- Music Program ($500 will buy additional drum pads,sticks and music stands for five children)
In 2018, the Christian Center will continue to support families and individuals who need our assistance. We are building a stronger community through providing education, referrals and other positive opportunities. We will continue to encourage self-empowerment, the process of becoming stronger and more confident in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.
The Christian Center, a community organization that assists those who live with poverty every day, needs strong partners who will support our effort to lift up our underserved communities. Please be our partner again this year.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Ellen Merritt, Executive Director
Please mail contributions to: The Christian Center
193 Robbins Ave.
Or go to our Donation page and pay using a credit card or PayPal.