This holiday season you can brighten a local family’s life by contributing to the Chronicle’s 15th Annual Helping Neighbors Fund drive which aims to raise $60,000 for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod by Christmas.
“The people who we serve are Cape people,” says Christine Menard, the pantry’s executive director. “You know your toys, your gifts are staying local.”
The drive got off to a good start with Chronicle Publisher Hank Hyora’s $1,000 donation.
“Every holiday season, our readers dig deep to support the Family Pantry, and we’re proud to encourage that generosity,” Hyora says.
The Family Pantry is the only pantry that serves the entire Cape. Of the 9,500 clients who visited the Family Pantry this year to pick up 90,000 bags of groceries and 33 tons of clothing, 30 percent are children. Even in Chatham, Harwich and Orleans some people do not know where their next meal will come from.
This holiday season you can give to the Family Pantry in many ways. For example, you might bid on original art, decorated Christmas trees and gingerbread houses with benefits of the auctions going to the Family Pantry.
You can bid on either of two artworks by clicking here.
“Every dollar donated by Cape Cod Chronicle readers purchases four meals, and that can be a huge help to working families or seniors living on fixed incomes,” Hyora added.
And remember: If every Chronicle subscriber sends in $7.50, the $60,000 goal can be reached.
or send a tax-deductible donation to The Family Pantry, 133 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich, MA 02645 (please write ” Helping Neighbors ” in the memo line), or call 508 432-6519 to learn about other ways to help.
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