“Project Give” Collects Needed Support

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The Project Give team (left to right) Suni Heflin of Goodwill, Kathy Perdue of the SPCA, Betsy Whitney of Habitat for Humanity and Jeremy Butterfield of Feeding America.

The Project Give team (left to right) Suni Heflin of Goodwill, Kathy Perdue of the SPCA, Betsy Whitney of Habitat for Humanity and Jeremy Butterfield of Feeding America.

This past Saturday several area community organizations joined forces for the 2nd Annual Project Give — to help the most vulnerable and undeserved members of our community.

In the bitter cold of the civic center parking lot, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Roanoke Valley, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Roanoke Valley SPCA and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys were on hand to collect donations from household items to non perishable food items and pet supplies to clothing.

“It’s our way of making the donation process easy,” said Suni Heflin of Goodwill Industries.  “Especially at this hectic time of year.”

While the holiday season often sees an upswing of donations to all the organizations, the challenging economy has made the need greater than ever.  By coordinating their efforts into one event, each organization is better able to further their mission of serving the huge community need.  Here is the teamwork by the numbers:

14 million Pounds of food Feeding America distributed in the SW Virginia last year.

60,000 Pounds of pet food collected annually by the SPCA to feed homeless & hungry companion pets in our community.

664 Individuals placed into competitive community employment by Goodwill Industries in the Valleys last year.

163 Homes built by Habitat for Humanity for families in the Roanoke Valley.

For additional ways to ways to contribute and for information on upcoming events visit them online at:nwww.Habitat-Roanoke.com, www.rvspca.org, www.faswva.org, www.googwillValleys.com