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This summer, the Karsh Family Social Service Center proudly hosted our annual Back-to-School backpack event, during which Karsh Center staff and volunteers, as well as staff from the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center provided 484 students, ages four to 17, and their families with book bags, school supplies, and grocery bags. Thanks to our Collaborators QueensCare, PACE, KEEN LA, Chrysalis, Housing Rights Center, and 24 Hour Home Care, families were also connected with resources for employment support, healthcare, housing, youth exercise, and services for youth with disabilities. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, Collaborators, and staff who brought this program to life!

Thanks to the generosity of the WBT community, the High Holiday Drive helped replenish our shelves with rice, pasta, and hygiene kits for our clients and community this September! Many of our clients rely on such pantry staples as rice and pasta, in addition to the fresh produce and proteins we provide. The hygiene kits will be distributed to our neighbors who are unhoused through our food pantry programs, as well as through our Collaborators, The People Concern. Our deep thanks to all of you who participated in the High Holiday Drive and supported our community at the Karsh Center as part of your new year.

The Karsh Center has new guidelines for our in-kind donations! We know that many of you, over this last year and a half, have tidied up at home, cleaned out closets, and moved forward into the new year with a fresh start. Now, maybe you’re looking to host a drive as part of a birthday party or b’nei mitzvah celebration! Please visit www.karshcenter.org/in-kind/ to learn more about how to make an in-kind donation to the Karsh Center, and what we are able to safely accept and share with our community (as well as recommendations for some other great organizations that can help put your in-kind donations to great use).

In November, we proudly hosted Big Give Week, our annual Thanksgiving event! Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, volunteers, and Collaborators, we were once again able to increase our distribution from 1,000 to 1,500 Thanksgiving bags, which provided a traditional Thanksgiving meal to more than 6,000 members of our community. In addition to providing Thanksgiving meals, creative volunteers prepared hundreds of children’s activity kits for children in our Family Support Program, winter kits, and of course no-sew blankets for our clients who are unhoused. We are blown away by the generosity with which the WBT and Karsh Center community showed up again this year. This Thanksgiving and always, we are grateful for you! Visit @karshcenter on Facebook and Instagram, and www.karshcenter.org/big-give, to see more highlights from the week.