Local food pantries provide an important function for those in our community who need support. Despite the name they offer many services aside from emergency food supplies. For Nancy & Cheri's birthday, in June of 2022 we placed a donation bin in our store, and we had a great amount of donations from our customers. It went so well, that we've left the bin there!
The Fairfield Food Pantry has specifically asked for donations of personal hygiene & household cleaning products (bars of soap, toothpaste, diapers, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, Depends, etc.)
Nonperishable food items like peanut butter, canned goods (fruit, meat, vegetables especially), dried pasta & rice, as well as snacks are always in need.
They've also asked for donations of clean plastic bags that you'd get from a grocery store, so that they can easily give out the donations they receive. I'm sure we'd all like to clear a bit of household clutter, reuse plastic that might otherwise go to a landfill, and help members of our community!
Finally they accept monetary donations and volunteers to help keep the Pantry running smoothly. You can find out how you can help at their website by clicking here!
Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that coordinates with local hospitals and shelters to provide children with handmade blankets. It was founded in 1995 after a mother was interviewed about her young daughter with leukemia. In the article, Joy to the World, Eddie Adams wrote, "A special 'blankie' has helped Laura, 3, get through more than two years of intensive chemotherapy. She takes it to the hospital with her when she goes for treatment."
After hearing Laura's story the founder of Project Linus began accepting and shipping donations of handmade blankets across America for children who could use the comfort of a handmade security blanket. Every year they receive thousands of letters from kids that express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them.
We're happy to provide our space monthly to our local chapter of Project Linus where they make handmade fleece blankets for donations. If you'd like to get involved you can find more information on their website here, and you can donate quilts, afghans, fleece and knit blankets either to Seams Sew Easy or another local drop box here.