Washington Park Neighborhood Association 

Shine A Light on Hunger 2016 | Better Than Last Year!

05 Jan 2017 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

If you have not taken a drive through Washington Park the lights are still shining brightly. What a terrific turn out this year for Shine a Light on Hunger. Thank you to everyone who participated by hanging lights, donating food, volunteering and otherwise bringing energy to the event. We raised over 1400 pounds of food and an extra $900 all for Sunnyside Ministry. That is enough food to feed about 300 people!

   The carriage rides were fun and it helped having the Winston Salem Police manage the Broad Street crossing. It felt much safer and allowed us to keep the rides going smoothly. In spite of the bitter cold about 90 people huddled under blankets and enjoyed the experience. A lot of neighbors just dropped off food and did not linger.  But everyone loved the lights! 

   I talked to one Washington Park neighbor who has volunteered at Sunnyside for years and asked about her experiences there. Sunnyside is located adjacent to UNCSA campus and serves a diverse population which includes families with children and lots of elderly. Many ride the bus there or walk in. Each one has a story of hardship and usually has been referred to Sunnyside from a church. Medical bills, families taking in relatives and job challenges are all part of the story. Each client is just struggling to get by. Sunnyside provides a positive atmosphere where they can get food once a month or financial aid twice a year. The volunteer said she is most impressed by how appreciative the clients are to have a little help. Sunnyside also added a successful new course “Gaining Control” to help clients improve financial responsibility and reduce the need to return. Clothing and blankets are always available.    

   Thank you Washington Park neighborhood. We make the world a better place when we care about each other. Lights, canned goods, action...each one of you made it happen! 

   Best wishes for 2017! Keep your light shining.  

   – Kathy Cooper

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