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2023 Holiday Adopt-A-Family

Bringing Friendship and Love this Holiday Season 

In the spirit of giving, you have the power to change lives this holiday season. When you contribute to our 'Adopt a Family' campaign, you're not just giving money, food, or holiday gifts; you're providing hope, comfort, and a brighter future to families facing challenging times. Join us in spreading love and kindness, and together, we can ensure that every family has a warm and joyous holiday season filled with the comfort they deserve.

How it Works:

  1. Sign Up: Let us know that you're ready to participate by Thursday, December 7th. Simply reply to this email or visit our website to sign up.
  2. Matched with a Family: We'll carefully match you with a family or individual in need, ensuring that your generosity directly reaches those who could use a little extra holiday joy.
  3. Gift Selection: Once you receive information about your adopted family, you can start selecting thoughtful gifts for them. We'll provide you with a wish list or specific needs to guide your choices.

Drop-off: Deliver your unwrapped gifts to 85 Arch Street by December 15th. We'll make sure the gifts are wrapped and reach the families in time for the holidays. 

For More Information: Contact Nhi Lam at nlam@fsc-ct.org

Past Events

Connecticut Food Bank / Foodshare Walk Against Hunger

By Chris | June 29, 2021

The Connecticut Food Bank / Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is the largest anti-hunger event of its kind in Connecticut.  This year the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare have combined organizations and have organized the statewide event as a cooperative effort with local partners to raise funds and awareness. This year the Walk will take place…

Hoops for the Homeless

By Chris | June 29, 2021

Hoops for the Homeless is a three-on-three basketball tournament started in New Britain in 2013 to benefit homeless youth within the city. This event has been scheduled for the last Saturday in April. This year’s event was cancelled due to Covid, however, we are planning to be back in spring of 2022. Over the last…

SOUPer Bowl

By Chris | June 29, 2021

Friendship Center partners with the CCSU Ceramics Department and E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in an Empty Bowl Event to raise awareness of hunger and poverty in the community and elsewhere.  All the proceeds from this event go to our Community Soup Kitchen that feeds approximately 250 people daily. We named it “The SOUPer Bowl”…

South Church makes 10,000 PB & J Sandwiches

By Chris | April 14, 2021

Since March 2020, South Church volunteers have been making and packing 200-300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every week, along with a snack or two, and delivering them to the Friendship Service Center to hand out with their grab and go hot lunch as a meal for later. South Church turned to this form of…

‘Bunnies for Hunnies’ deliver Easter joy

By Chris | April 14, 2021

Each Easter season, approximately 50 stuffed rabbits “hop” into the arms of children who are assisted by the Friendship Center. These new friendships are made thanks to “Bunnies for Hunnies,” a Newington-family organization that was started eight years ago by the Vass family. At that time, the twin daughters, Julianna and Elaina Vass, collected 50…

Warming Center recaps winter 2021 season

By Chris | April 14, 2021

As springlike temperatures arrive, memories are fading of the coldest days of the yearwhen the Friendship Center helped people in need at the Warming Center. Located at57 Arch St., the program was opened in response to the state’s Cold Weather Protocolput in place on Dec. 16, 2020. From Jan. 4 until it closed on March…

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