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 Adopt-a-Family/ Adopt-a-Senior Program and the Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program reach record success this year by assisting more than 400 families and individuals.
This year, new partnerships were established with local senior housing facilities, in high-poverty-stricken areas, an adult day care center, and a head start program for low-income families. Several of the adopted families and individuals faced a number of hardships, including lay-offs, 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 130 families, seniors, and adults with disabilities referred from our partnering agencies will receive assistance in the form of new clothing, household supplies, popular toys, grocery store gift cards, and more. In its third year of providing healthy food baskets to those in need, more than 5,000 pounds of food were provided to 275 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 this season of giving.