On Saturday December 3, 2016 about a dozen adults and children gathered at Park Square Realty to assemble care packages to donate to the homeless at the Samaritan Inn in Westfield, MA.
This is the second year that I have organized this event and it was a great success. I marketed the event for about a month prior and asked for both volunteers and goods to be donated. Many generous people started dropping off supplies during the week of the event and the volunteers all brought items, as well.
The night before, I set up the tables and organize the goods by type. The process during the event was simple: grab a gallon zip lock bag, write if it is for male or female and then walk around the table dropping one of each item into the bag, finish it with a gift tag and it is ready to go! By the time we finished we had almost 90 care packages completed plus some other large items to donate.
Last year we did the event earlier and when we dropped the bags at the shelter, the director asked if she could hang on to them for awhile before handing them out. I wondered why and then she explained that she wanted to place one on each cot on Christmas so that they would have a gift to wake up to.
Keeping that in mind, we moved the event into December and we will deliver them in time for the holiday.
Once again, we all had a great time assembling these bags and I will absolutely by organizing another event for next year.
Thank you so much to everyone that donated good and their time. What a wonderful community we have here in Westfield, MA!
Here is a video of the event with a few interviews with our youngest volunteers, enjoy!
organized by Lesley Lambert, Westfield REALTOR with Park Square Realty 413-575-3611