The Brashear Association set new records of service during its recent holiday assistance campaign.
Because of a supportive community and generous donors, Brashear met unprecedented need, serving almost 1,000 families between Thanksgiving and Christmas and providing toys to more than 660 children.
The Marines Toys for Tots Program, with volunteer assistance through Pittsburgh Cares, provided hundreds of toys. Other toy donors included: Akustica, Incorporated; American Eagle Outfitters; American Society of Civil Engineers/Young Members Forum; Duquesne University: Hill Top United Methodist Church; Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community; and Massage Therapy by Mary Ann at Kukurin Chiropractic.
More toys came from: Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR); Rainy Days Hair Salon; South Side Community Council, Spotlight Costumes, UPMC Presbyterian-Unit 4G, as well as those who donated to the Christmas in July Toy Drive. Because of this outpouring of support, the agency was able to collect more toys than ever before.
As one holiday recipient graciously stated, "Thank you for the many gifts for my children. Everything was perfect and without [Brashear] we wouldn't have had Christmas this year".
This holiday season, use of Brashear's food pantries also reached an all time high, serving more than 1,300 individuals during the months of November and December. To keep the pantries stocked, food donations came from: Arlington Civic Council, Bright Horizons Child Care, BYS Yoga, City Theatre, Greek Catholic Union District One, Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, IKEA, and South Side BoRics.
Despite the successes of the 2009 Holiday Season, Brashear is still struggling to meet the needs of many low-income families. Toy and food donations will be accepted year ‘round and volunteer support is always needed.
Keep on the lookout for more information regarding the South Side Mid-Winter Soup Contest. The contest will take place on February 20 from noon until 3 p.m. Visit www.southsidepgh.com for more information.
For more information on the agency and its programs and services, call 412-431-2236. The Brashear Association is a United Way Agency; United Way Contributor Choice Code 063.