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Our Homeless Outreach Team, pictured here, is putting feet on the street, identifying local individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. However, their feet can only get them so far - they need a new van to be able to continue their outreach efforts. We are looking for a donor to match a grant of $10,9000 generously given to us by Greenfield Hill Congregational Church's Mission Board last year in order to purchase a new van. If you are able to match the grant as an individual, group of individuals or a business, please contact Liz Bennett, Grants Administrator, at lbennett@operationhopect.org or 203-292-5588 x213.

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We at Operation Hope welcome everyone back to school here in Fairfield and in the surrounding community! To our many friends in the various nursery, elementary, middle and high schools and beyond, and to all teachers and school staff, we are grateful to you every day for reaching out a hand to help our neighbors in need. By collecting non-perishable food items, toiletries, diapers and socks, preparing meals and donating money, you remind our Food Pantry and housing clients that someone cares. This year, may you have terrific teachers, wonderful friends and a super school year in every way possible!

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Our deepest thanks to Stop & Shop for its recent donation of $1,000! The Villa Ave store in Fairfield donated its $1,000 retailer selling bonus from the sale of a $100,000 Cash5 lottery ticket from the June 25 drawing to Operation Hope.

"A project of miracles." Our 30th annual REALLY BIG Tag Sale was a labor of love, with help of over 200 volunteers, including church members, Scouts and community members from various groups. Things these days tend not to have much longevity, but the Tag Sale, in its 30th year, and offering the opportunity to give new life to much-beloved items, prove that some things last. Thank you to all who made our 30th Tag Sale a huge success, ensuring we can continue to house, feed and care for our neighbors in need. Thanks to the Fairfield Citizen for the coverage!

As we come up for air from the weekend’s 30th annual “REALLY BIG” Tag Sale, we wanted to give a “HUGE” shoutout to our many volunteers, staff, donors, vendors and shoppers! Undertaking and supporting the Tag Sale is a massive community-wide endeavor, and our most heartfelt thanks goes to ALL of YOU! Because of YOU, we can continue housing, feeding and caring for our neighbors in need!

Meet News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero Dawn Papp Hiltz! Co-chair of our REALLY BIG Tag Sale for the 5th year, Dawn is key in ensuring the success of our largest annual community-wide event! Dawn, thank you for your cheerful, dedicated and tireless efforts! We are lucky to have you by our side, helping us advance our efforts to end hunger and homelessness here in our community. It takes a village! We are deeply grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who make the Tag Sale happen! Watch the video HERE!

Get ready to hunt for some treasures and bargains! Our 30th annual REALLY BIG Tag Sale is this Saturday (9-4) & Sunday (12-4) at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road. Furniture (stock those dorm rooms and apartments!), sports gear, toys, games, household items, jewelry, table linens, holiday decor, art and more! $1 entry fee. Early bird special Saturday! For just $10 from 8-9am, shop before the sale opens to the public! Shop to your heart’s content and help us house, feed and care for our neighbors in need.

Swing by our 30th annual REALLY BIG Tag Sale this Saturday (9-4) & Sunday (12-4) at First Church Congregational Fairfield, CT (148 Beach Rd)! Once you've snagged some fantastic treasures and bargains, stop by the Trinity Solar tent to learn more about solar and reducing your energy costs! See if you qualify for the No Cost Solar program, Operation Hope receives a $100 donation when you meet with a Trinity consultant, no obligation. And if you decide to go with Trinity, Operation Hope receives a $1,000 donation. Can't attend the sale? Simply click here to set up a consultation. Improve your home and help us provide a neighbor in need with a home!

Thank you to First Selectman Mike Tetreau and the Town of Fairfield, CT for proclaiming August 17 & 18 as "Operation Hope Tag Sale Days" in honor of the Tag Sale's 30th anniversary!