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Just before the crush of Thanksgiving, we were fortunate to have four wonderful students from Bridgeport's Kolbe Cathedral High School and their adult mentors volunteer three hours in our Food Pantry, helping sort and organize donations. Pictured here are Annaclaudia Alvarez, Valentina Rodriguez, Quiana Allen and Lauren Woods, and thanks to their and their mentors' helping hands, we were ready to distribute 200 Thanksgiving baskets to our neighbors in need just before Thanksgiving.

Fairfield Woods Middle School students Bella Petrucelli and Camryn Michael recently completed the "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" project as part of their health class, selecting Operation Hope as the beneficiary of their bake sale.

7 years of GOOD luck for Operation Hope! For 7 years in a row, Kelsey and Devyn Farber have been saving their change and donating it during the holidays to help us feed and house our struggling neighbors. Many thanks to these girls and their mom for keeping our neighbors in need in their hearts and minds!

Tomorrow, December 1, kicks off the holiday season! And for many in our community, the holidays can be overwhelming, especially when thinking about how to feed their families. We've seen a few "Reverse Advent Calendars" floating around, where in an alternative way of observing Advent, families put something into a special box -- specifically non-perishable food items and toiletries for Operation Hope's Food Pantry. A wonderful way to involve kids in giving back during the holidays!

For at least the past five years, the Fairfield Warde High School Boys Soccer team has run a food drive for Operation Hope at their end of season banquet. The tradition continues, and here are a few of the team members making the delivery to Operation Hope's Food Pantry last Saturday. Thanks so much to this group of students - who organize the drive themselves! - for taking the initiative to help our neighbors in need.

Who's in for a good, old fashioned football rivalry on Thanksgiving AND helping feed our neighbors in need? Come on by the annual Fairfield Warde High School vs Fairfield Ludlowe High School Thanksgiving Day football game, 10am at Warde. Please consider bringing non perishables (cash donations & gift cards accepted!) to help stock our Food Pantry shelves. Thank you to sponsors Ludlowe and Warde Football, Warde Gridiron, Mustangs CARE and SASO. Give THANKS and HOPE!

The Greens Farms Academy community just put together these lovely care baskets for some of our clients! Thanks so much to these students, families and staff for opening their hearts to our neighbors in need!

Thanks to The Southport School for keeping our neighbors in need in their hearts! Their Lower School is bringing in toiletries for our clients, while their Upper School is brining in donations for Person-to-Person in their “One School Two Charities” drive.

Wow, thanks so much to the Fairfield Woods Middle School community! We were thrilled to receive the food donations to help make Thanksgiving baskets for our clients this holiday season. And to have a $200 donation for turkeys is the cherry on top! Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!

Operation Hope welcomes 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 and preparing meals, 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!