According to the Food Research Action Center, one in 4 households with children in New York State report an inability to afford enough food.
Hope Chest for Charity collected non-perishable food items throughout month of November with the help of the following sponsors: TJMG Properties in Liverpool, My Salon in Syracuse, and Tastefully Simple in Central Square. All while also soliciting for nominations of neighbors in need.
Shelly Straub, President of the all-volunteer organization Hope Chest for Charity, Inc. shares that “I have two girls of my own and I spent all of their grade school years struggling to make ends meet and getting food on the table was no easy task. I remember making regular trips to Mom’s house specifically stopping by at dinner time because the kids were just too hungry for yet another fried egg sandwich. On one specific occasion, friends of mine (Sue and Shane) surprised me with an entire kitchen full of food. They must have spent hundreds of dollars to fill every cupboard along with the stuffed fridge and freezer. I sat on that kitchen floor and cried happy tears for hours. These selfless people could have given me cash or a gift card but instead they took the time to walk every aisle at the store and then deliver the groceries to my house. It has always been a dream of mine to be able to give to someone else, this gift beyond words that was given to me.”
After careful review of all our nominees, the Brown family out of Liverpool, New York has been chosen as the winner of our ‘kitchen full of food drive.’
A shortened version of the anonymous submission read:
My friend has been unemployed for over 3 months. She is a marine biologist who moved back home to Central New York 2 years ago to care for her mother with cancer. Sadly her mother passed away and she now cares for her 90 year old father. She has a 15 yr old son, owns a house (which she might loose if work doesn't come soon), she is an Army veteran with 11 years of service, a breast cancer survivor, and a really nice person who is worthy of help though she would never openly admit it.
On Sunday, November 29, 2015, just after they arrived home from church, the Brown family humbly accepted our kitchen full of food. With tears in their eyes, they asked that we kindly send a HUGE thank you to everyone involved.
All the volunteers of Hope Chest for Charity would like to thank the generous donors who went out of their way to give food to our drive, along with the sponsors of this event who provided our drop locations, but most of all we would like to extend our appreciation to the Brown family who gave us the priceless gift of being able to give.
We ask one last thing from anyone viewing this post... please leave a comment with some prayers and virtual hugs below for the Brown family. We learned that a job interview in the coming week may be promising and well wishes from the community would be very appreciated!
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Well, we didn't go grocery shopping today. We put on sweatpants and pajamas and have ate a whole package of cookies while watching football. It's the first day I haven't been strung out on stress but on sugar. I know good things happen to good people. I'm thankful. My father said "a good deed brightens a dark world" if it wasn't for you guys I wouldn't have been able to spend the day with my son without stressing out about how much money we were going to spend on groceries. I thank you for that. Also, my son was so excited because pop tarts were in the boxes - they are his favorite and they were too expensive, he hasn't had them in months.