2020 was a challenging year for the world. As with everyone, MSF had to adapt to the “new normal” during the pandemic. We are proud that we were able to continue helping communities during the pandemic as well as squeeze in a new first for our back to school event. Thanks to everyone who made 2020 a successful year for MSF!
Back to School Events
MSF’s first official events for the year started with our Back to school events. Due to COVID 19, we modified our back to school events by shipping much needed supplies to Pine Manor Communities in Fort Myers, FL and to Lowery Elementary School in Donaldsonville, LA. MSF usually partners with Pine Manor Communities for our Christmas events, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to donate school supplies as well. In GA, MSF donated $200 towards school supplies to Barrow County Family Connections.
2020 PADV Thanksgiving Event
MSF was able to hold a modified version of its annual Thanksgiving event for Partners Against Domestic Violence (PADV). PADV’s pandemic guidelines prohibit gatherings at the shelter, but allows food and gift drop offs. The MSF team worked together to create 120 individually boxed dinners for the event! The menu included baked legs & thighs, vegetable medley (butternut squash, potatoes & sweet potatoes), sweet peas, cornbread muffins, assorted cookies and drinks.
Additionally, Kristin Rhodes, author of “Released”, provided 50 gift bags for the women that contained her book, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, chap stick, masks, deodorant, wash cloths, facial tissue, lotion and sanitary napkins as well as 2021 weekly planners and inspirational word puzzles from MSF.
2020 Holiday Giving
MSF sponsored 5 families located in GA, LA, FL and SC. Community members Crystal H., Lisa M. and Marian P. received Christmas packages totaling $75 each. The ladies were super excited about their gifts.