The nonprofit’s mission operates four programs: Food Pantry, First Things First (infant needs), Walk-In Assistance (emergency expenses), and Clothes Closet.
Due to their customers, each business filled bins of collected items such as winter coats, diapers, and foods such as rice, cereal, pasta, tuna, chili, and other items. Altogether, the businesses collected and donated a flatbed of diapers, four boxes of non-perishable food, clothing, a selection of personal care items, and as well as some financial donations.
“I was moved to help my local community with residents who don’t have the funds or resources to make ends meet or to celebrate the holidays,” said Pinnacle Packaging President Nicole DeJoris. “I was so proud of these business owners who didn’t hesitate to help with this drive. It’s their generosity of these businesses and their customers that will make the difference for families who come to The Outreach House.”
Catherine Lynott, the nonprofit’s executive director, was very pleased with the outpouring of contributions and grateful for these businesses’ support.
“These donations will be used to support the more than 300 families that we serve each week at the pantry,” she said. “Since August we have seen a 30% increase in families using our food pantry, a 40% increase in the number of families getting diapers, and over 100% increase in families using our Clothes Closet. As we continue to grow and support more and more people in our community, large donations from local businesses help us ensure we can provide the items these families need.”
She added: “As a small local nonprofit, we really rely on our local community to support those in our community in need, so to have four local businesses come together to do this was very special.”