December 6 UCO Update

Thank you for your generosity! Because of you, we were able to provide a Thanksgiving meal to over 160 people onNovember 30. Our amazing Chef Mel made a traditional meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and of course ice cream. We also provided families with grocery bags filled with food to create their own Thanksgiving meal. It takes a lot of people power to make a meal for so many. A huge thank you to our kitchen crew (pictured below) for their dedication each and every Sunday.

Some of the food we get comes from our partnership with Food Finders. This past Saturday, our unstoppable Operations Manager, Cherry, picked up from one of our donor sites. There was so much food that she had Mel and I there loading up our cars with cupcakes, produce. and other great items to give our clients. We are so grateful for those donations. 

The first Sunday in December brought Nurse Anne to dispense advice, do assessments and share hygiene products and first aid kits. She also gave out some beautiful knit caps and beanies we received from a generous and talented donor. Nurse Anne is such a gift to UCO and our clients. We are so grateful to have her with us each month.

Celia and I have been busy as we receive more requests for rental assistance, grocery assistance and offering guidance in accessing city and county resources. We were happy to help a single new mom with a three-day old baby and a three-year old.

December brings several events for our clients. On December 13, Uplift Charity will be giving out blankets and hygiene kits. December 19, Jorge will be bringing gifts for the children of UCO families. On December 27, we will give out our traditional Christmas meal. We are excited to have these events for our clients. 

The holidays will be a little different this year. As with many of us, our clients are struggling to adapt to another shut down. We are working hard to make sure that each of our clients feels the spirit of the holidays. Thank you for allowing us to do the work that we do. We are thankful for you!

This week we are asking for your help in collecting peach/fruit cups, mac n cheese, tuna, spam or other canned meats (with pop off lids) and bottled water. If you are in a festive mood, please consider donating candy canes and other holiday items for us to include into gift bags for our clients. Donations can be dropped off on the table just outside the second door on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In Gratitude, 
Ann Schmidt-Lampe
Interim Director

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