‘Holiday Hamper’ event helps community members in need this holiday

first_imgThe event was free to everyone who attended, and included haircuts, pictures with Santa Claus, makeovers, and even information on programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Hundreds gathered at the Assembly of God Church on Saturday for the Holiday Hamper event. Event founder and organizer Brianna Downey got the idea for the Holiday Hamper from looking in her closet and realizing she had more clothes than she needed. The event is it’s second year, and seeks to provide community members in need with clothes, food, arts and crafts and holiday joy ahead of the winter holidays. “People are super happy. I’m like fighting tears,” Downey said. “A woman was telling me it’s like $40 to get your picture taken with Santa at the mall, so being able to come here and get it for free is just such a blessing to her and it’s awesome. It feels really good.” In addition, the Mammogram on the Move van from the Lourdes Hospital was also present, giving free mammograms to community members who otherwise would not have the chance to get one. “It’s very important to give people the opportunity. Some people may not have access to it, or transportation,” Downey said. “The community needs that.”center_img Downey simply wanting to give back the same way people have helped her and her own family. “I just had a ton of clothes that I wanted to get rid of, but I didn’t want people to have to pay for them,” Downey said. “There’s really no opportunity anywhere where people can get things completely for free, so we started this as a way to fix that problem.” “My family, we don’t have a lot, but we’ve always been blessed,” Downey said. “We’ve always had more than we needed because of the generosity of others.” Her event helping spread holiday cheer, and inspiring others to do the same. “Spread love, do good. If you see an issue, just come up with a way to fix it and be part of the change and not just talk about change,” Downey said.last_img

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