Westchester County Hosts Second Annual Holiday LIFT Campaign

Are you looking for a local way to help out those in need? If you are local to Westchester County, NY, than Lifting Up Westchester (LUW) is a great organization to be a part of! LUW is a nonprofit agency which provides homeless and poverty services to individuals throughout Westchester County. Their second annual Holiday LIFT campaign starts on November 4th-- just one week away!  The campaign offers tons of ways that the community can spread holiday cheer! 

I am so inspired by this amazing organization. Founded in 1979, LUW serves 4,500 men, women and children each year providing 140,000 meals to the hungry and 28,000 nights of shelter to the homeless. How incredible! 

Here are some of the details: 
Holiday LIFT activities will include distributing warm coats and winter clothing, providing 2,000 holiday meals from the LUW soup kitchen, filling and distributing 500 holiday food bags, and wrapping and delivering hundreds of gifts.  It will take an army of volunteers to get it done.

“It’s heartwarming to see the community come together during the holiday season to make sure that everyone has a special meal, receives a small gift or has warm clothing for winter,” explained Anahaita Kotval, executive director. “It’s particularly touching to see people of diverse religious and ethnic traditions helping our clients celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas or making a special effort to share their own heritage and traditions with our clients. 

Want to help LUW provide 2,000 holiday meals, fill 500 holiday food bags and provide gifts for hundreds of children and families in need? Here are some ideas:
  • Organize a food drive!!!! (Foods needed most are turkeys, hams, instant mashed potatoes, gravy mix, stuffing, canned vegetables, canned cranberries, cake and brownie mixes). 
  • Did you get a free turkey this year? Why not donate it to LUW?
  • Donate $10-$25 grocery store gift cards! 
  • Donate NEW winter wear like gloves, hats and scarves for residents of the Open Arms Men’s Shelter and Samaritan House Women’s Shelter.
  • Pick up an extra toy while out shopping this year and donate items like sports balls, board games and multi-cultural dolls for the children and teenagers in the Brighter Futures Youth Programs.
  • Donate money online at www.liftingupwestchester.org 

Check out more details on the Lifting Up Westchester website: 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Profit Style!

Hello Mamas!

I know, I know-- such a long time since our last post. I promise a full review of everything that has been going on. Those that followed me here from a group know what is occupying my time, but I promise a new post soon explaining it all!

This year, we thought long and hard about doing a holiday gift guide. We have done one for YEARS, and we really enjoy doing them. We want to focus this year on GIVING BACK. So, our gift guide will be filled with non-profit organizations that you can give to this holiday season! We aren't posting about them in exchange for a fee, product, or anything else. We just want to feature them-- FOR FREE-- to give back this holiday season. All posts will be shared via social media as well (just like any review).

Do you have a non-profit-- or work with one-- or even love one-- that you think we should feature? Just email us why you love the non-profit and a link to their website and we will feature them! It is that simple!

Email all ideas to: 2mamas@mamabreak.com