The holiday season is a time for celebration. But for some struggling families, celebrating is the furthest thing from their minds.
A Day of Hope is a volunteer based not-for-profit organization that
delivers baskets of food and turkeys to needy and hungry families for
Thanksgiving in Northern California. They are giving families a reason to celebrate during a time that may be extremely difficult.
The organization is young and growing. They have already helped hundreds of families.
2005 - They delivered 48 baskets of food and turkeys to 48 families
2006 - They delivered 211 baskets of food and turkeys to 211 families
2007 - Their goal is to deliver 750 baskets of food and turkeys to 750 families
I asked my new friend Christopher Scott, President and founder of A Day of Hope, some questions. Here is what he had to say...
What is the biggest reason you continue to lead and support A Day of Hope?
"What motivates me to lead and support A Day of Hope, is because there are families that will go hungry if I don't lead A Day of Hope. I work hard to encourage, motivate, love, and lead the volunteers of A Day of Hope so that we can help those in need, and to train them to become nonprofit leaders as well. I'm not going to be around forever, so I need to train, coach, and mentor others to take my place."
How can individuals local to you get involved? Can others not local support the effort?
"Individuals locally can donate food or turkeys, and deliver some baskets. You can go to www.squidoo.com/adayofhopemeetings for anyone who lives locally and would like to attend our meetings.
People who don't live locally can feed a family by making a $20 donation. We do food drives, so all we have to purchase is the turkey and a couple of other small things. So for $20 you can feed a needy and hungry family for Thanksgiving."
To make a safe and tax free donation, email Christopher Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209.304.4291 for more information.