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The old adage goes: "it takes a village to raise a family." We couldn't agree more, because in our first-hand experience has shown that it does take a village to help a family in need.

Perhaps prompted by Mary Anne Fusco of Towne Realty, who kicked off her 13th Annual Coat Drive for us this winter, many of our corporate sponsors rose to the occasion and imitated their own individual drives and/or made bulk donations. This included:
  1. Amtrak - Coat, Toys and Food Drive
  2. Flywheel Sports - Coat Drive
  3. Nespresso - Cereal and Diaper Drive
  4. Teach For America - Coat Drive
  5. Consolidated Carpet - Toy and Coat Drive
  6. Knothe Apparel - Men's Pajamas
  7. Jones Jeanswear - Women's Clothing and Jeans
  8. Jones Lang LaSalle - Cereal Drive
  9. Douglas Elliman - Toy Drive
  10. WithumSmith & Brown, PC - Canned Food Drive
  11. Normandy Realty - Food Drive
  12. Plaza College - Can Drive
  13. Avalanche Studios - Toy Drive
  14. The Pajama Program - Children's Pajamas and Books
  15. Con Edison - Knitted Hats
One Nespresso employee's son, who works for ShopRite supermarkets, spoke with his manager to see how they could get involved with the Cereal Drive. The outcome was a generous donation that included over 300 boxes of mixed cereal that we sent to one of our food pantries.

We are consistently humbled by the wonderful organizations that partner with St. Francis Pantries and Shelters and make it possible for us to serve 1.5 million meals annually in addition to providing resources throughout the year.

Our corporate sponsors teamed up to provide cereal - one less thing for our clients to worry about. Children's pajamas (with books) were donated to ensure a comfortable bedtime.

We are thankful for the various coat drives setup to keep our clients warm during this (record-setting) winter. Volunteers package boxes donated in a Cereal Drive to be given out.

Toys, toys and more toys! Canned food drives yielded dozens of cans of food that will nourish our clients and their families.

Boxes of cereal are unloaded from a truck, in an unexpected surprise donation by ShopRite. Being able to ensure that families have toys to give their children during the holidays is truly a great feeling.

"We love our gifts from St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters!"
"Sometimes we all need a little help. These diapers for my baby are a huge help."
Con Edison Knitting Circle created these special hats and scarves by hand!
Some of the diapers that were collected in our corporate sponsored Diaper Drives.
With the help of Nespresso, ShopRite donated over 300 boxes of cereal to us!