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We treasure our littlest volunteers! The Horne family of Fairfield recently made bagged lunches for our clients to grab on the way to work. Thank you for ensuring our neighbors in need have something healthy and filling to eat for lunch, Horne family!

We're seeking volunteers for the 3rd annual Feeding Our Families food drive, in partnership with NBC Connecticut, Telemundo 47 and Stop & Shop!

Good morning! ☀️ At a recent meeting, the McKinley School Daisies learned about making the world a better place. Demonstrating what they learned, they put together breakfast bags for our clients. These grab-and-go bags are handy for our clients to enjoy while on the way to work or in the morning or afternoon as a healthy snack. Thanks so much to these sweet Daisies! People like you definitely make our world a better place!

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!