Ten Families Will Receive $100 Monthly Publix Gift Cards for a Year – Boca Raton’s Most Trusted Source

Boca Raton, Fla. —Ten local families in need will receive $100 Publix gift cards monthly for next year from Boca Helping Hands, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. This is the second consecutive year that the donor has participated in this initiative, and his philanthropic contribution amounts to $24,000 and will have a positive impact on a total of 20 families.

Ten new families will be selected from a cross-section of the organization’s programs and various locations within the Boca Helping Hands service area. Three of the candidates are participating in BHH’s vocational training programme. Five more pantry bags or hot meals to go at BHH’s Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth food distribution points. Finally, two applicants are clients of BHH’s resource center, who were seeking emergency financial assistance for childcare costs or overdue rent and utility bills.

All these families were chosen because in addition to the specific need for which they requested help from BHH, they were also struggling with other persistent problems such as food insecurity, unemployment or care. other family members. The anonymous donor specifically wanted to help families like these who are struggling on multiple fronts.

“We are always grateful and inspired by partners like our anonymous donor who find their own way to make a big difference in the lives of our customers,” said Greg Hazle, executive director of Boca Helping Hands. “For each of these families, a $100 gift card each month for the next year will most likely be a determining factor in their ability to meet other basic needs.

One of last year’s gift card recipients, Victor Bembry, a graduate of BHH Commercial Driving, said: ‘It’s eye-opening to know that there are people who don’t even want you to know who they are. they are. They want to donate to someone to help the next person. It is a blessing.

Boca Helping Hands’ Director of Skills Training and Career Development, Trina Chin Cheong, who presented some recipients with their gift cards, saw the immediate impact.

“Some are aiming to pay it forward, and others are determined to finish their training programs stronger than before,” Chin Cheong said. “A vocational student had tears in his eyes when he stepped back after receiving his gift card and said, ‘You’ve helped me so much already. What have I done to deserve more?

Make a donation, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/Donate. To volunteer, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/Volunteer. To organize a food drive and download a list of most needed items, visit BocaHelpingHands.org/FoodDrives.

Boca Helping Hands (BHH) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides food, medical, and financial assistance to meet basic human needs, as well as education, job training, and counseling to create self-sufficiency. Through its various programs, BHH helps more than 27,000 people each year.

In 2021, BHH distributed more than 70,000 pantry bags from five Palm Beach County locations and served nearly 80,000 hot meals. The organization expands access to affordable medical, dental and behavioral care through its partnerships with Genesis Community Health (serving clients at clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach) and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Community Based Clinics from Florida Atlantic University (serving residents of West Palm Beach). Additionally, BHH sends meals home on weekends with food-insecure elementary school students through the BHH Backpacks program and helps working families cope with the rising cost of child care. children through the Child Assistance Program (CAP).

With a greater emphasis on client empowerment, BHH awards scholarships to qualified candidates to attend accredited vocational training courses that prepare them for careers in healthcare, information technology, construction and transport. BHH also offers free English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes, nutrition classes, and other life skills. In addition, staff and volunteer mentors advise the unemployed and underemployed on basic workplace skills and help them polish their resumes and seek employment.

Boca Helping Hands is an agency partner of The Town of Palm Beach United Way. Since 1945, the City of Palm Beach United Way has been committed to improving lives and building strong communities throughout Palm Beach County by focusing on programs and priorities that promote education, health and financial stability.

Charity Navigator named Boca Helping Hands a four-star charity for the 15th consecutive year in June 2021. Boca Helping Hands is located at 1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For more information, please visit BocaHelpingHands.org.

Michael N. Clark