The temperature is still dropping as we take on February, which most of the time seems like the longest part of the year.

That means it’s time for us to reminisce on an amazing event we supported this past October and give you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside, even though it’s chilly out there!

I’m sure everyone who saw the “Purse Drive” back in October/November can’t forget it. For a recap, the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Springfield were in need of purses, be it used or new. Their organization provides much needed assistance to homeless families in the Springfield region. They do this by providing assistance with finding permanent housing, as well as job and education services.

The 2-week donation drive from October to November flew by pretty fast. Contribution was in no way mandatory, and as a company born in Springfield, we wanted to really get  involved in the community in which we live, work, and serve.
The Interfaith office is always in need of used clothing, blankets or sheets, shoes, and coats for men, women, and children. So why not donate what we no longer need or use?

We’ve managed to collect items that someone else may cherish, and package them to give to the Interfaith office. It was a good thing that there were enough people to help carry all the bags & boxes!! There was so much to give!

The donated items storage is just beside the Interfaith office. This particular location provides assistance to women and children, and across the street is a partner facility that provides the same assistance for homeless men.

The Interfaith storage was looking so lively during the drive. It goes to show that Springfield has a community that values involvement and solicitude.

We all have our own daily struggles, and it’s always important to recognize that things could be worse. It’s such a wonderful feeling to give back to the people of your community.
If you see another charity drive, stop and think if you have anything you can give. No donation is too small for those who are in need. Or even if you’re in the Starbucks drive-thru and someone pays for your coffee, pay-it-forward and pass it along! There’s no better feeling than giving back.
We, as a community are strong because of our compassion for one another. It is a gift that has no cost, but it’s value immeasurable.