Brashear collecting toys and food to brighten the holidays for many
The Association, a South Pittsburgh community services agency, collects toys and food for distribution to low income residents at Thanksgiving and Christmas. For well over three decades, they have provided holiday assistance to countless families. For many families, household needs have become even more pressing.
“Among other challenges, families face rising utility costs throughout the winter. Already-stretched budgets can’t cover the costs of toys and special holiday meals. We try to provide the boost that makes the holidays happier. This year, we particularly need help to collect toys for children, 12 and under,” Tracy Frank, Brashear’s Family Services Coordinator, noted.
There are many ways to help. Clean out kitchen cupboards and donate non-perishable food items. Neighbors, co-workers, student groups, community organizations, and congregation members can organize food and/or toy drives. While shopping, an extra toy in the shopping cart will make someone smile on Christmas morning. Monetary donations to Brashear are appreciated and essential to the effort. Brashear staff members are willing to provide guidance to organize drives and the agency will pick up large donations whenever possible.
In addition, the public is invited to celebrate the season at Brashear’s annual Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Brashear’s Allentown Learning and Engagement Center (ALEC), 827 East Warrington Avenue in the Allentown business district. Light refreshments will be served. Donations of toys and food items are welcome and encouraged.
The Holiday Assistance Program serves the communities of Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Carrick, Knoxville, Mount Oliver, South Side Flats, and South Side Slopes. To learn how to register for the Christmas holiday program, participants should call Brashear Center at 412-431-2236. All applicants will be asked to provide proof of income eligibility, residence within the service area, and household size.
The Brashear Association receives support from the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Partnership Program and the corporate partners of American Eagle Outfitters, Duquesne Light, and UPMC Health Plan. The Holiday Assistance Program has benefited from the support of the KDKA-TV Turkey Drive through Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Hunger Trust Fund/City of Pittsburgh as administered by Pittsburgh Community Services.
For more information, visit the agency website at http://www.brashearassociation.org or call 412-431-2236.