Westside Family Health Center Gives Back With Food, Clothing Drive

Sunday, 22 Dec 2013, 10:02:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Westside Family Health Center’s employee-driven food and clothing drive, Heart2Heart, is currently in full swing.

Heart2Heart

began when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck and WFHC team members

wanted to do something to help Gulf Coast area residents.

Now, every

year Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) selects two worthy community

partners in need of food and clothing donations for their clients. This

year, Heart2Heart will benefit St. Joseph Center Food Pantry and Safe

Place for Youth (S.P.Y).

WFHC

has already collected and distributed more than 350 pounds of food and

44 bags of clothes to St. Joseph Center and S.P.Y., respectively, since

the drive began in late November.

Alison Hurst, Executive Director and

Founder of S.P.Y., said, “The

clothing donation could not have come at a better time. Last night our

young people arrived wet and tired but left warm and dry in their new

clothing. Thank you so much for choosing to support S.P.Y.”

According to Va Lecia Adams Kellum, Ph.D., Executive Director of St. Joseph Center, the need is great:

“St.

Joseph Center is seeing greater demand than ever for help during the

holidays. We set a record at Thanksgiving by distributing nearly 800

turkeys, and more people are signed up for our Adopt-A-Family effort

than in any past year. We’re thankful for the Westside Family Health

Center’s Heart2Heart Campaign because it is helping us meet this

incredible demand.”

Debra

A. Farmer, WFHC's President/Chief Executive Officer said, “To quote a

well-used phrase: 'Heart2Heart is a gift that just keeps giving,' ”

noting in years past donations have included books, office supplies and

toiletries.

St.

Joseph Center provides working poor families, as well as homeless men,

women and children with the inner resources and tools to become

productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.

Food

items needed include juice, canned meats and soups, canned fruit and

vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, beans and rice.

Safe Place for Youth

inspires, nurtures, and empowers homeless youth by providing street

outreach, a drop-in center, and case management. Clothing items needed

include adult-size gently used or new jackets, jeans, t-shirts,

sweatshirts, new socks and new underwear.

The drive runs until January 20, 2014.

Help meet Their goal of donating 500 pounds of food and 75 bags of

clothing! Donations can be brought to Westside Family Health Center’s

main waiting room at 1705 Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica during

normal business hours.

For more information, contact Molly Maher at 310.450.4773, ext. 253 or mmaher@wfhcenter.org.

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