Healthy Living Progress Update
🙂 Our second annual Winter Clothing Swap was held on Saturday, December 8th, at apartment 17A from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and was attended by around one dozen Hillcrest residents, children and adults! Many different sizes and types of warm clothing were donated and also brought in by residents, from hats and gloves to jackets, long-sleeved shirts, jeans, sweaters, and more. One young man remarked, “I wish I could go shopping here every day!” Thanks very much to the donors who provided items for the swap, especially Justin and Lyndsi Devito of The Littlest Birds on Haywood Rd!
🙂 We held our first Holiday Toy Swap and Card-Making Party at apartment 17A from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14th, and it was a fabulous success! Over 35 adults and children participated, and in addition to bringing many gently-used toys to donate to the event, most residents also selected wonderful toys and gifts for their friends and families! We held craft-making activities for the children upstairs and saw some really beautiful and sweet creations take place. Refreshments were provided along with washing and gift-wrapping stations. A great big thanks to our volunteers who helped with all aspects of this event!
🙂 On Monday, December 17th, WWD-F met with eight key employees of the Housing Authority to discuss solutions aimed at improving the quality of services to public housing residents. This opportunity to come together resulted in greater communication and understanding of the supports and services available to the pubic housing community, and an intention moving forward of continuing this conversation with the resident representation at a Roundtable style discussion in late January.
🙂 We would like to remind everyone that our second annual Free Breakfast Programwill be taking place at the Carl E. Johnson Community Center in Hillcrest every Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. during February 2013 in honor of Black History Month. Last year over 250 people took part in the breakfast program, enjoying delicious food and building community with their neighbors. This year we are committed to providing a similarly great experience with a variety of educational speakers and a focus on local healthy foods and food justice.
We are very much looking forward to the breakfast program and also recognize that it is a massive undertaking, and is most successful when we have the full support of our community of volunteers. Please contact us at the office if you are interested in donating food or volunteering for the breakfast program. Thanks again to everyone who helped make the breakfast program such a success last year, and we hope to see you again this February!
🙂 Next Wednesday, January 2nd, a special edition of Crafting Class, Kwanzaa Craft Making with Sheila Dixon, will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at apartment 17A. All ages are welcome to attend and celebrate in the peaceful and cooperative spirit of Kwanzaa! Refreshments and materials will be provided.
🙂As we reach the end of 2012, we would like to thank our generous supporters for their contributions throughout the year! We literally could not do it without you! We have a lot of exciting projects and ideas for the Healthy Living Program coming up in 2013, and we would like to invite you to continue your support of our work in the form of an end-of-year tax-deductible donation. You can always donate through our website, or feel free to mail a check or money order to our office (see below for address and phone number)! Thank you so much again, and we wish you the happiest of New Years!
*The WWD-F office is still seeking volunteer assistance with donation solicitation, data entry, and administrative systems maintenance. Those interested in helping should contact the office at the phone number listed below.