Recently, Fairfield mom Laura Horne read "The Littlest Volunteers" to her daughter's first grade class at Burr Elementary School. After teacher Ms. Gorzkowski and Laura talked about service with the class, the children decorated brown paper bags with uplifting messages. A few weeks later, Laura's daughters packed the bags, filling each one with a seltzer, an orange, cookies and a turkey and cheese sandwich.

Our littlest helpers have the biggest hearts! Thanks to the Horne family for putting together bagged lunches for our clients to grab on the way to work. If you’d like to provide bagged lunches, send Volunteer Program Manager Donna Schmidt an email at dschmidt@operationhopect.org.

This young man, Alex Staikos, runs a holiday light show in his backyard in Fairfield. This year, he asked people for donations for Operation Hope, and thanks to his creativity with the lights and big heart, visitors donated a total of $175! Alex, thank you for keeping our neighbors in need close to your heart this holiday season. Your generosity will go far in helping feed, house and care for those most in need in our community. Thank you!

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!