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The SCV Food Pantry needs your help

Posted: December 10, 2008 7:42 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2008 4:59 a.m.
As the executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, we've seen many more families hurting this year than ever before - local families struggling to put food on the table and senior citizens forced to make the decision whether to purchase their prescribed medications or food they need each month.

Due to the current economy, downsizing of companies and increased costs for the essentials of life, the SCV Food Pantry has experienced a 60 percent increase in the number of individuals seeking our services this year over the same period in 2007.

Our hearts are burdened with the plight of many of our neighbors.

We are very thankful for the many organizations, companies, churches/synagogues and individuals who make donations throughout the year and to the wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to help those less fortunate in our valley.

We see so many acts of kindness. From the gentleman who walked through our back door to make a donation, his 4-year-old son carrying a grocery bag almost as big as he was, to Shaina Katz, the 16-year-old who planned her "sweet 16" birthday party since the age of 9.

Shaina is such an inspiration to us all, asking her friends not to bring gifts for her but to donate grocery cards to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

It's only through the generosity of others that the SCV Food Pantry has been able to provide supplemental food to more than 5,000 of our neighbors in need this year alone.

This generosity lifts and renews our hearts.

This holiday season, I'm so very thankful to work with such compassionate volunteers who so willingly give of themselves to help others.

I'm so very thankful to live in such a generous and caring community - a community that really does practice community spirit with neighbors helping neighbors, and that partners with the SCV Food Pantry in the belief that no child in the Santa Clarita Valley should go to bed hungry.


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