Thank you for being part of the amazing local community committed to providing prosperity for all this Holiday Season! There are three goals this year with we'll accomplish with your help:
Collect 50,000 pounds of shelf-stable food needed by families through spring
Collect 20,000 personal care and cleaning supplies needed by families
Collect 900 thanksgiving baskets for families to cook at home for Thanksgiving
We are consistently short on items that many of us take for granted such as body wash, toothpaste, toilet paper and laundry detergent. These items are necessary for people but are not covered by food stamps and are the first things in short supply. See all of our most needed items here.
Our pantry shelves are literally 100% filled by generous individuals and groups in our community. The Holiday Donation Drive helps supply our pantries for the next 6-7 months, and accounts for 30% of the food and over 60% of the personal care items we are able to provide throughout each year.
This year, we’re finding our pantry shelves emptier than before as we wait for the Holiday season. Last year, we collected over 31,000 pounds of food in the months of November and December - an incredible feat! Our goal this year is 50,000 pounds of food and 20,000 personal care items. Your generous support will ensure that clients are served what they need, and give them a continuous and healthy variety of food throughout the year.
What Can You Do?
Host a food and personal care items drive in your place of work, church, school, and community - raising awareness and making a difference!
Share the call to action with friends, family, and colleagues
Volunteer with holiday outreach calls and collecting donations
Donate items needed to fill a Thanksgiving basket (see flyer)
Consider Community Action House for a financial donation
Let us know you're thinking of doing a drive - click the button to proceed:
How do I host a Successful Holiday Donation Drive?
Successful drives are dependent on your energy and enthusiasm. The best results happen when everyone is excited and engaged. We typically suggest holding a competition between groups, departments, classrooms, and/or shifts. Several schools and businesses have increased their impact ten fold, from collecting 100 pounds to providing 1000 (or more) pounds, simply by starting a competition and promoting it consistently. We also encourage people to shop at Dollar Tree (or similar dollar stores) for personal care items, as you can typically find the items we we need without breaking the bank.
Talk with your community about the need in our community. In Michigan, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger. Rent in our local community has skyrocketed, especially hard for families with lower incomes. 1/3 of families in Ottawa County live below the ALICE threshold meaning that they are employed, but faced with paying unsustainable portions of their income just for basic needs. Food collected during the Holidays provides hunger relief to local families this winter and spring.
Distribute the most needed items list, set a start and end date for your drive, and collect food in a centralized, visible location. Most drives run between 2-3 weeks – as the amount of donations grows, so does the momentum!
At the end of your drive, contact Community Action House if you've collected more than 300 pounds of food - we’ll find a suitable time to come and pick up your donation! If able, bring your donations to Community Action House, 345 W 14th St, Holland, MI 49423, and let us know when you'll be coming – we'd love to see you! Drop off is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 8:30am-5pm.
Congratulate your community on their amazing effort for those in need! We'll be able to let you know how many pounds of food you've collected (if you don't know already) and the impact it makes in helping others move forward.
Flyer and Contact Information:
You can make a positive difference during the holidays!
Contact Meagan to host a drive, or with questions.
Phone: (616) 392 2368 x109, email: firstname.lastname@example.org