Community Newsletter
November, 2020
How you've helped your neighbors in need
on their road to self-sufficiency.
I didn't ask for help because I thought others needed it more...

Alaina* was a single mom of two children, working full-time, when she severely injured her shoulder in an accident that forced her to change jobs.  

She went back to school to become a licensed teacher for children with autism, while working part-time to pay the bills. Over the last few years, Alaina scraped by with the help of school loans and credit cards. She persevered and finally received her teaching degree, and now has full-time employment again.

Alaina recently came to our Food Pantry for help as she pays down her credit card debt and school loans. She said she always felt others needed it more than her. Alaina waited before asking for help even though she could have benefitted from Bootstraps' assistance years ago. 

Beverly Bootstraps was able to assist Alaina as she moved to more stable ground. We applaud her hard work to make a better life for herself and her children. 
*Name changed for privacy
Weekend Food Program Update

No child should go hungry or worry about where their next meal is coming from. Sadly, right here in Essex County, 11.5% of kids are faced with this challenge every day with numbers rising during this pandemic.

We are proud to announce that our Weekend Food program restarted this fall. In partnership with Beverly Public Schools we are now providing pre-packed bags of healthy snacks to over 120 children. The Weekend Food program provides increased access to the Food Pantry and healthy snacks for children when they are not in school.
Provide a holiday breakfast to a local family in need

Fill a festive gift bag with either pancake mix, syrup and hot cocoa OR muffin mix, jam and hot cocoa to brighten the holidays for a family in need.
Sign up online to donate here >>.
Then just drop your breakfast bag off curbside at Beverly Bootstraps from Nov 30-Dec 4 (excluding Dec 2). For all the details, click here >> for the flyer.
Follow Cheese, Please!

To learn about ordering family size mac & cheese for your Thanksgiving side dish or for dinner the day after and to find out where the food truck is each night, follow the Cheese, Please! Food Truck on Instagram >> and Facebook >> today!
Election Day Food Drive

Thank you to the Citywide PTO for organizing and hosting another successful election day food drive. Our generous community showed their support and donated 666 pounds of food to our pantry!
Local Student Holds Food Drive

BHS National Honor Society member, Sophia Hemsey put together a neighborhood food drive. Her community service project raised a huge amount. She recently delivered 546 pounds of food to our pantry. Thank you Sophia!
Beverly Council on Aging Veteran's Day Food Drive

The Beverly Council on Aging held a drive-thru food drive in honor of Veteran's Day. Seniors and staff donated much needed food for our pantry. Thank you for your donation!
A Lesson in Giving at Beverly High School

Melissa Orr, an English Teacher at Beverly High School recently had her Persuasive Writing Class run a Top 10 Food Drive. Students used their persuasive writing skills to collect food from family and friends. What a great lesson is giving back!
Pillar to Post is Giving Back
Through the end of 2020
Pilar to Post, 39 Dodge Street, Suite 183, Beverly
Pillar to Post in Beverly will donate 10% of the total price of every home inspection from now, until the end of 2020, to Beverly Bootstraps. Together, we can help those families less fortunate in our community. To book a home inspection, please call (978) 338-3211. Download Flyer >>

Saturday, November 28, 10 am - 2 pm
Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop, 198 Rantoul Street, Beverly
Shop local this Small Business Saturday. Save 50% on all clothing at The Thrift Shop, including The Boutique at 198, on November 28th.

Month of December
Taste Buds Kitchen, 131 Rantoul Street #3, Beverly
We are excited to partner with Taste Buds Kitchen for our first ever #getonegiveone Gingerbread House campaign! Local families who register for a TBK signature Gingerbread House workshop this December will have the option to gift a house to a local family in need. Taste Buds Kitchen will package the houses and decorations and deliver them to Beverly Bootstraps who will coordinate the distribution. For more information, visit TBK website or call (978) 969-6088.
To learn more, click on these handy links:
Beverly Bootstraps has always been committed to social justice. Helping people who might not have their basic needs met or an opportunity to avail themselves of education, for whatever reason or life story, is at the core of our mission.

We proudly serve, work with and employ individuals regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality. Further, we ask our community and world to do better and work towards justice and equal opportunities. 
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