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Earlier this month, the 3rd grade Brownie troop at Holland Hill Elementary School in Fairfield brought 24 birthday cake kits to our Food Pantry. Each kit included a box of cake mix, frosting and sprinkles, enough ingredients to make a cake to celebrate one very special person. The idea originated in the troop to commemorate a significant anniversary of a Mormon women's group, of which some of the Girls Scouts are part of. The Girl Scouts delivered 75 of these charming cake kits to pantries in Shelton and Trumbull, as well as ours.

With less than two weeks to go until the sold out “CincOH de Mayo,” our annual Evening of Hope, we would like to recognize the generosity of the people, organizations and companies who have made this special event possible. With their help, we are able to make a real difference in the lives of men, women and families in our community who are truly struggling.

Last month, our Shelter guests, including those dining in the Community Kitchen, those in the men's unit and those in the women's/family unit, were treated to a beautiful pro bono concert performed by Whim 'n Rhythm, Yale University's senior women's a cappella group. It was a truly amazing experience, and such a nice break in the day. Our most sincere thanks to the members of Whim 'n Rhythm for making a few ordinary moments extraordinary for our Shelter guests.

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We are excited to announce our largest annual fundraiser, Evening of Hope, is SOLD OUT! And as such, we have changed the venue from Penfield Pavilion to the recently renovated beautiful, historic Burr Mansion, at 739 Old Post Road in Fairfield, to accommodate our many wonderful and generous friends.

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Last November, the Horseshoe Cafe​ hosted its 5th annual “Horseshoes for Hope” music series and month-long food drive to benefit Operation Hope. Our most sincere thanks to the Horseshoe management & staff, friends, local musicians - Moonshine, Just Cuz Productions and Crispin Cioe & Friends - and all the open mic folks - and live music supporters who banded together for three nights of wonderful live music, raising over $500 in cash donations and collecting 400 lbs of pounds of non-perishable food to feed those in need during the Thanksgiving holidays.

To the Little Helpers​ of Fairfield who collected food for Operation Hope's Pantry the last week of March and to all those who donated...THANK YOU! You delivered 7 carts of food and essentials to help feed and care for our neighbors in need! Forget "Little Helpers," you're all "BIG HELPERS!"

Did you know items in our Food Pantry are donated? They're given to us by a variety of local and regional organizations and individuals. We are always in need of food and essentials to feed and care for our neighbors in need. We hope you can help! This month, we are in need of some basic necessities listed below, items are listed in order of need. Standard sizes (not bulk or trial) are appreciated. Donations can be brought to our office at 636 Old Post Road, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or to the Shelter at 50 Nichols Street, at any time. Thank you!

We are saddened to have learned earlier this week of the passing of our dear friend and Operation Hope's founding Executive Director, Pam Hyman, LCSW. Pam was at the helm during the first decade Operation Hope existed. Pam was instrumental in making Operation Hope become part of the fabric of the community, and helping the homeless regain self-worth. We send prayers and condolences to her family and to all who had the privilege to have known her, and are forever grateful to the impact she made here at Operation Hope and for our neighbors in need.

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Operation Hope's staff is made up of a group of unsung heroes. They play so many roles...from counselor, to social worker, to advocate, to friend, and more. Yesterday, two little friends of Operation Hope recognized the staff's efforts in a small but sweet way by treating them to Girl Scout cookies.

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With the unexpected snow accumulations and you find yourself or someone you see in need of shelter or a place to just get warm, please call 2-1-1. You can also contact our Shelter at (203) 254-2935, 50 Nichols Street, Fairfield. The Community Kitchen serves lunch 11:30am-1:00pm and dinner 5:30pm-6:30pm. Stay safe out there!

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