HOLIDAYS CAN BE A TIME OF GREATEST NEED FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 17, 2010

For more information, contact Michele Talwani – 603.682.6085 

Families in Transition provides a way to give to homeless children around the holidays

MANCHESTER, NH – As winter comes, Families in Transition (FIT), located in Manchester and Concord, NH, ensures that many homeless individuals and families have roofs over their heads. They also offer an opportunity to help families share in the joys of the season.

With FITWish, individuals and businesses play Santa for a day, making the holiday wishes of a homeless child come true. At a cost of no more than $75 dollars, donors purchase three items from a FIT youth participant’s “Wish List”. The gifts are dropped off at FIT from donors and then delivered by FIT staff to the child’s family. In 2009, 138 children were given gifts from 43 donors.

“The holiday season is my favorite time of year because the community really pulls together for the families we serve,” says Pamela Punsky, FIT’s Manager of Volunteers and the Manchester VISTA Project. “This program is a really thoughtful way to help out families in need.”

FITWish gifts can be dropped off, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, before December 17 at 161 S. Beech St., Manchester, NH.

For more information or to receive a child’s FITWish list, call 603.935.7900, ext. 1717 or e-mail [email protected]. Don’t have time to shop but still want to get involved? Donate online at http://fitnh.org/donating.htm#donate and specify FITWish in the “Special Instructions” section.

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT and the stores visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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