Charity begins at home

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Our team was filled with excitement while making our way to St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen, located on 930 Dixwell Av, Hamden. We immediately immersed ourselves into the program by volunteering on Thursday, the 11th of August, through serving hearty meals to the community. This proved to be a rather insightful task for us as we got to have a better understanding of the various staff and volunteers who truly enabled this Soup Kitchen to make a valuable difference everyday, whilst also gaining extensive knowledge about the grateful recipients who visit their kitchen. Our passion and desire to be a part of this incredible and selfless journey shines through from Monday to Friday, as the manager of the Soup Kitchen - Luqman Abdus-Salam and his chef Lucy Fernandas - are able to prepare food for up to 150 people. They regularly open from 11:30am until 12:45pm, with open hearts ready to serve and warm smiles on their faces. Chef Lucy confirmed that during the holiday season they get approximately 400 recipients a day!

“The community depends on this place, many mothers who are working don't have enough income to cook 3 meals a day for their children.” Lucy elaborated. The mere thought that this monumental burden has been alleviated from parents who struggle to provide secure shelter for their children within terrible circumstances, is greatly humbling. With so much darkness and suffering occuring in the world at the moment we really encourage everyone to reach out and help their local community in anyway possible.

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We have decided to donate $5,000 to aid in purchasing food supplies, and to assist in door-to-door distributions of goods. The Foundation hopes that this donation, along with the monthly donations we are committing to give, will allow Luke and his team to always feel prepared and have enough resources to actively provide for their community.  Seeing the impact that our small act of kindness had on the community, it is safe to say that the world can be a better place if we all reach out and start helping the less fortunate in our communities.