It is that time of the year, the holiday season! Our team starts preparing for this time, as soon as we finish the previous one! We understand that many families struggle throughout the year, and for us, it is crucial to be available to serve them. For more than eight years, we have included the voices of the community in the planning, preparation, and delivery of the gifts. To identify the hundreds of individuals in need, this year we collaborated with Comite Latino a Latino-immigrant-based neighborhood association, the Children’s Medical Practice that started this initiative many years ago, and Mejor Vive Sin Duda – COVID19 team.

The 2021 Holiday Drive fundraised thousands with the support from many individuals and organizations including Comité Latino, Morgan Stanley, OLE at Exelon, ALPFA Baltimore, Cool & Associates, The Urban Health Institute, State District 46, and City District 1 representatives, and the Straus Foundation. Tax-deductible donations are processed through the Help Make Miracles Campaign at the Johns Hopkins Children Center.

Almost 1000 people of all ages from newborns to 71-year-old received a present and a box with produce and shelf-stable culturally appropriate food during the holiday drive. The celebration took place at Sacred Heart Church in Highlandtown on December 20th, 2021, right before Christmas.

In 2021, we continued our regular programming virtually and started some activities in person as COVID19 restrictions started to lift and vaccines were more accessible. The food access programs are at three sites: Mount Claire, the Church of Pompei, and Sacred Heart Church. We are eternally grateful to the three communities for their support, for opening the door for us and our communities. We collaborated with Johns Hopkins, Southeast CDC, Comite Latino, United Way, The Common Market, Baltimore’s Office of Planning, and many more to bring resources to our community.

We cannot do this without the support from volunteers, staff, faculty, donors, and funders, who believe in our mission and support our work. THANK YOU! GRACIAS!

¡Feliz Navidad!

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