On tours at Second Harvest, we often tell visitors that ‘Step one in the food banking process … before anything else can happen … is always to inspire and engage ever greater numbers of people in our community. Because our community is where all of the resources come from.”
One of the most exciting and effective ways that engagement occurs throughout the entire year happened just last week in Central Florida. For the past 28 years, WESH 2 News has been devoting time, resources, and attention to helping provide for our neighbors in need. Through the annual Share Your Christmas event, WESH has touched innumerable lives, and assisted thousands of our most vulnerable citizens. Food and funds are the lifeblood of a much-needed mission at Second Harvest Food Bank, and Share Your Christmas accomplishes both of these.
Spanning almost an entire week, WESH 2’s Share Your Christmas provides awareness of hunger, as well as an easy way to give to others. The drive is our community’s opportunity to stand up together, and prove that we really care about all of our neighbors.
Most of the 500+ partner feeding programs of Second Harvest Food Bank are compelled to provide ‘a little something extra’ or special for the clients who turn to them for help in the month of December. Hunger knows no season, and feels no joy. It’s up to these dedicated partners to help keep the hope alive for so many families. Share Your Christmas provides a very real shot in the arm to the Food Bank’s effort to help provide that extra food during the holiday season.
This year, we are pleased to announce new Share Your Christmas records for both food and fund collection! A total of 121,478 pounds of groceries were collected throughout seven counties of Central Florida. On Friday, December 13th in Orange County, WESH 2 TV collected an all-time single day/single site food drive collection of more than 83,000 pounds of food. In addition, more than $116,000 in financial support throughout the week. Since every dollar provides up to nine dollars worth of groceries, the collected food plus money will provide more than $1 million worth of relief and hope for kids, seniors, families, and others who are struggling. Just phenomenal.
Our sincere thanks to WESH General Manager Jim Carter, Producer Marcie Gogolski, and the entire WESH 2 News team for an outstanding effort this year. Thanks for keeping this wonderful, meaningful tradition of giving alive in Central Florida this year.
And THANK YOU Central Florida, for continuing to Share Your Christmas!
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