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County Holiday Giving Project Supports Those in Need

As the holiday season approaches, so do the expectations of food on the table and presents under the tree.Thanksgiving Food Drive

But for some County residents, this time of year can be impossible to afford.

When families are struggling, the Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County steps in to make sure they can find a way to celebrate and give thanks for each other.

Approximately 630 staff members from more than 40 agencies referred more than 10,000 households to the organization for Thanksgiving. Last year, they helped more than 9,000 County households for the holidays.

“It’s amazing to see this many people come together to this degree to help others,” said Susan Klavon of A Wider Circle, a coordinating agency of the Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County.

The project brings all aspects of the holiday season together for County residents who need it most. These are elements of Thanksgiving and Christmas that we often take for granted.

“There are so many caring referrers in our community who go the extra mile to help their clients get connected to us,” said Klavon.

Project activities include, holiday baskets, grocery story gift card donations, food drives, “adopt a family” events, and toy donations.

“My long-term hope is for relationships and connections in our community to grow and strengthen,” Klavon said.

How can residents get involved?

“We would love to see more join us,” Klavon said. “There are some underserved areas in Silver Spring where an organization could make a significant positive impact in many people’s lives this holiday season.”

Find more information on how to join the Holiday Giving Project this holiday season here.

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Valerie Bonk

About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).


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