BENEFITING: Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Dec 25, 2012
THE WHY: It seems like every year, just after the shopping center doors shut on black Friday, the city explodes with Holiday spirit! Decorations, music, snow, holiday ads everywhere you turn, ice skating, lights, you get the picture. TIS THE SEASON!
While some of us are enjoying the bounty the holiday season provides, others have to go without. Did you know that 29.4% of people in Milwaukee are living below the poverty level? That’s a lot of people who may be struggling to put food on the table.:
We need to do something about this. But the good news is—you don’t have to reinvent the wheel—you just have to hop on the train! No, we’re not talking about the polar express…we are talking about linking up with the Gathering this holiday season to help feed the hungry.
THE WHAT: The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin works to stop hunger one person at a time, one day at a time. We serve ten free, nutritious meals a week at three inner city sites to over 95,000 of Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless each year…but we do more than food! By partnering with mental health agencies, legal assistance organizations and supply distributors, we are also able to bring necessary services to those in need.
CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: www.thegatheringwis.org
THE HOW: So…you have two options. 1) You could give a donation to help us feed people in Milwaukee (see below to where your $$s could go!) Or you could use your donation to purchase an Alternative Christmas Gift. That means, if you donate in honor/tribute to someone else, we will send them a holiday ornament like the one pictured below. Our guests, volunteers and staff have worked together to bake and decorate these ornaments. (They smell delightfully like gingerbread! But don’t eat them…they’re just for decoration).
If you want to give an Alternative Christmas Gift, make a donation and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and address of the person you want to receive the gift. We will send them an ornament FROM you! (That’s what we call…DOUBLE GIVING! It makes you doubly a good person.) Get the info to us by Dec. 20th to ensure it arrives by christmas.
$10.00 can supply breakfast for 4 people
$15.00 can supply a week’s worth of meals for 1 guest (5 breakfasts and a Sat lunch)
$25.00 can support 1 produce session (where we preserve extra produce for use in winter meals!)
$50 can supply fresh milk for one meal serving 250 guests
So please reach down into the depths of your hearts—and wallets—and help us help our neighbors! Give the gift of a healthy meal!
 Data gathered from: JSOnline http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/city-poverty-rate-stands-at-294-0o6u31a-170447236.html for more hunger facts, check out the USDA food security report 2011 (http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/884529/err-141-summary.pdf)
 Wanna know more about our financials? Check it out: http://thegatheringwis.org/images/Gathering_AnnualReport_2010-2011.pdf