Sunday, December 11, 2022

Sharing the Spirit of Thanksgiving with Second Story Families

In November, S4G hosted a food drive to support Second Story’s annual Thanksgiving basket distribution. 

As food insecurity and food prices continued to rise in the DMV, Second Story expected to distribute over 800 baskets this season. 

Over the course of Social4Good's November campaign, members had the opportunity to learn more about food insecurity in our community.  On November 17th, they gathered for a Sort & Social to fill “baskets” with food collected from members throughout the month and learn more about Second Story’s mission and programs. Alexis Villegas, Community Outreach Liaison at Second Story, enthusiastically shared the organization’s 50 years of service to youth in the community and spoke with pride about Second Story’s mission and the many services they offer. “It’s a small organization that does a lot!”

S4G's November campaign's results were amazing! 

To help Second Story deliver 800 Thanksgiving Baskets to those in need, S4G set a goal to create 100 Baskets, which included holiday staples and a grocery store gift card for each family to purchase a turkey and perishables. Our goal was blown away by the generousity of members and friends who helped make the holiday season brighter for 130 local families. 

S4G's Team November:  Sarah deKramer and Pam Soncini (co-chairs), Colleen Avis, Rebecca Berntsen, Marie Buchwalter, Rabab Butti, Patti Cooksey,  Diane Dondershine, Stephanie Davari-Page, Elizabeth Gay, Julie Heiden, Margaret Kerfoot, Phyllis, Lee, Mary Michelsen, Marcy Rehberger, Patti Vaughn, Donna Whitiker 

Daisy Troop 50181 created 12 baskets!

Second Story, formerly known as Alternative House, has been providing service to at-risk youth for 50 years. They run both residential and community-based programs. Their residential programs provides housing, counseling and life skills support for teenagers experiencing crisis, young mothers, and young people experiencing homelessness. The community-based programs provide after-school homework help, life skills support, and safe haven for 2nd-12th graders in vulnerable communities. Over the last several years, Second Story has expanded their outreach from Northern Virginia to communities throughout the entire DC Metro Area.

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