Today Anna came to Person-to-Person with her mother. At Person-to-Person, families can collect one bag of clothes for each person in the family and Anna's mother was here to get free clothes for everyone in the family - her little girl, her brother, and baby sister. Money has been really tight at home, and with the sun finally coming out, everyone's winter clothes were getting too warm.
Anna waited patiently in the Clothing Center while her mother looked for clothes. In the baskets she found a stuffed animal, and held onto it tightly. When they were done shopping Anna came back to the reception area and smiled shyly as she showed everyone her new treasure.
Despite carrying several bags of clothes Anna's mom had come back to the reception area from the Clothing Center pick up a bag of free food filled with pasta and sauce, peanut butter and juice, powdered milk and cereal - all basics to help stretch the food she had at home. School will be over soon for the summer, and the free meals at breakfast and lunch will also end, adding to the financial stress the family was feeling.
Every summer Person-to-Person volunteers pack several hundred supplemental bags of food to help families make ends meet. This summer we have significantly increased the number of bags to help families eat. We have seen food requests increase monthly over the past year and a half; our food requests are up 90% since July 2007.
Please consider taking 5 to give $5. Take five minutes now, and donate $5. A small amount can make a big difference for a child this summer, just $5 can buy a breakfast for a whole family.
Anna left Person-to-Person smiling and holding her stuffed animal, and her mom left with a bag stuffed with food and bags of clothes for her family. Person-to Person-was able to help thanks to the support of volunteers, the community, and the United Way.
Person to Person
Located in Darien, CT, Person-to-Person is a volunteer-driven, community-based agency that, through a sharing of goods and talents, responds to neighbors who lack basic human necessities and resources to improve their lives. It provides rapid response assistance to client emergencies as well as access to interconnected services that support its clients' journey toward self-sufficiency. These services include practical help, problem solving, advocacy, and education.