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Brashear toy drive successful


January 3, 2012

Jennifer Jeffers, board president for the Brashear Association, drops of toys and non-perishable food items during the association's annual Open House.

The Brashear Association set new records of service during its recent holiday assistance campaign. Because of a supportive community and generous donors, Brashear provided services to more families and children than the agency has ever served.

Throughout the holiday season, volunteers strengthened the agency's efforts. For a second year, members of the Student Conservation Association, organized by Oliver Lieberman, helped to sort and distribute toys. City High students were also involved as were students from LaRoche College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Alumni from the University of Maryland also participated.

The Marines Toys for Tots Program, with volunteers from Pittsburgh Cares, provided hundreds of toys. Other toy and gift donors included: Akustica, Incorporated; American Eagle Outfitters; American Society of Civil Engineers/Young Members Forum; Birmingham Foundation; Butler Gas; Duquesne University; Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community; Kukurin Chiropractic; Market House Senior Citizens; and Pittsburgh Grandview K-5.

More toys came from: South Side Local Development Company, South Side Chamber of Commerce, South Side Community Council, Spotlight Costumes, UPMC Presbyterian-Unit 4G, Washington County Toys for Tots, as well as those who donated to the Christmas in July Toy Drive. Because of this outpouring of support, the agency was able to reach hundreds of children.

At Thanksgiving and Christmas, Brashear also distributed food gift cards to more than 500 families. Support for these distributions came from: Arlington Civic Council, Birmingham Foundation, Duquesne University Office of Volunteers, and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank/KDKA Turkey Fund. Other food donations were provided by Senator Jay Costa, Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, Pittsburgh Deaf/Blind Lions Club, Pittsburgh Phillips K-5; and Spotlight Costumes.

Additional underwriting was received from: Birmingham Foundation, Borics on South Side, Copies at Carson, Michael Baker Corporation Foundation, OTB Bicycle Café, Siegel Eye Care Associates, South Side Community Council, and the Wagle Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. Utrecht Art Supplies sponsored a special holiday promotion to raise funds to support Brashear's art programs for children.

Despite the successes of the 2011 Holiday Season, Brashear is still struggling to meet the needs of many low-income families. Toy and food donations will be accepted all year and volunteer support is always needed. The annual South Side Mid-Winter Soup Contest will help support the agency's food programs. The contest will take place on February 18, from noon until 3 p.m. Visit http://www.southside for more information.

The Brashear Association, a South Pittsburgh community service agency, encourages donations through the Contributor Choice option of the United Way; our agency code is 063. For more information on the agency and its programs and services, call 412-431-2236.


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