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Response to Programs Brightens the Holidays for Community Members

The outpouring of generosity from the Johns Hopkins community has embodied the spirit of the holiday season. Employees, retirees, and students helped the Adopt-a-Family/ Adopt-a-Senior Program and the Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program reach record success this year providing approximately 350 families and individuals with assistance.

Due to the overwhelming response to the consistently popular Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior Program, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement was able to expand the program’s reach to include an additional group of adoptees – adults with disabilities. These individuals vary in age and experience a range of challenges including a lack of basic necessities and resources. 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.

The Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program provided nearly 4,500 pounds of food to 200 families for Thanksgiving and the December holidays. As the second year of providing healthy food baskets to families in need and the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Vernon Rice’s death, the 2011 drive surpassed its goals.

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.

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