What: Toy and coat drive and discussion with residents to offer support
When: Saturday, December 17 at 1 p.m.
Where: Swanson Homes (1746 South Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704)
Portsmouth, Va.— Virginia Organizing, Circle of Youth Community Outreach, and Virginia Beach Friends School are partnering to support displaced residents of Swanson Homes after Hurricane Matthew, as well as residents who currently live there. The organizations will provide residents with toys, books, and coats and will also survey residents on how they might work to improve resident care.
Sergio Neal of Circle of Youth Community Outreach believes this is a great opportunity to help residents of Portsmouth.
“This partnership was formed to allow members of this community to see just how far the spirit of giving can stretch. The organizations involved recognized a need for continued recovery efforts for this community and to put a plan in motion to make it happen,” said Neal.
“We want the residents of Swanson Homes to know that we have not forgotten about the damages Hurricane Matthew left,” said Virginia Organizing Portsmouth Chapter member Curtilla Davis. “Many residents are displaced and to show a token of love and Christmas joy, we are excited to bring items to the children to help prepare them for winter.”
“Friends School donated two hundred coats and ten boxes of books to Swanson Homes because no one should have to go through what they are going through,” said 10th grade Friends School student Makayla Bennett. “At Friends School, we always make sure that everyone is taken care of, so we just want to give back.”
To interview a spokesperson for this event, please contact Amanda Pohl at 804-337-1912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.