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Holidays brightened with annual Brashear program


November 14, 2017

The Brashear Association is turning to its friends and neighbors, once again, to help make Chr istmas brighter for children and families throughout South Pittsburgh.

Each year at this time, The Brashear 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, Brashear has 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, twelve and under," noted Tracy Frank, Brashear's Family Services coordinator.

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.

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. 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 or call 412-431-2236.


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