“Hunger doesn’t take a vacation” is the message Stratford House of Blessing has shared with the community this summer. This phrase serves as a reminder to our community that in the summer food bank stock is limited yet the need continues to grow. Families are stretched because there are limited meal programs and the children’s snack and breakfast programs have stopped for the summer.
Food banks, and the many other programs offered at Stratford House of Blessing, are dependent on donations from the community. With this plea for help, people listened. Our community provided over 740 lbs of food at our first ever summer food drive.
Sales staff at Stratford Gazette heard our request for help and decided that they also wanted to make a difference. There idea was a “Christmas in July” fundraising campaign.
Julie Haefling (sales manager) and Colleen Smith and Heather Wamboldt (sales representatives) put their sales skills to work and recruited 24 community businesses who also wanted to make a difference. The final result was a very generous donation of 24 gift cards to the Stratford House of Blessing.
We send a very heartfelt thanks, on behalf of the between 500 and 600 people who come to us for emergency food each month. We are so blessed to be in a community where people care and want to make a difference.
We are grateful to the staff at Stratford Gazette for your creativity, time and talents in making “Christmas in July” a success. Thank you to the businesses and the people behind the businesses who contributed, we genuinely appreciate your support.
Stratford House of Blessing