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Response to Programs Brightens the Holidays for Community Members

Once again, the outpouring of generosity from the Johns Hopkins community has personified the spirit of giving. Employees, retirees, and students, in addition to partners of the Johns Hopkins community, helped the 2013 Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior Program and the Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program reach record success by providing assistance to 498 families and individuals.

This year, partnerships were solidified with local senior housing facilities and an elementary school in high-poverty-stricken areas, an adult day care center, and a new program supporting military veterans and their families facing homelessness. Several of the adopted families and individuals confronted a number of hardships, including lay-offs, eviction, substance abuse, absentee parents, the lack of basic necessities, and terminal illness. Yet, with an overwhelming display of kindness, members of the Johns Hopkins community added cheer to an otherwise challenging holiday season for those in need.

More than 175 families, seniors, and adults with disabilities, referred from our partnering agencies, received assistance in the form of household supplies, toys, grocery store gift cards, and much more. In its fourth year of providing healthy food baskets to those in need, more than 5,300 pounds of food was provided to 322 families for Thanksgiving and the December holidays.

The Office of Work, Life and Engagement gives a heartfelt thanks to all who acted selflessly and helped so many in need during the holiday season.

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