In 2015, we raised $500 for the Southington Care Center
In 2016, we raised $500 for the Southington Care Center
In 2017, we raised $1,750 for Mercy Housing and Shelter
In 2018, we raised $2,080 for Mercy Housing and Shelter
In 2019, we raised $2,890 for the Hands on Hartford – Backpack Nutrition Program.
In total, our tennis community has raised $7,780 over the 6 years of our tournament!
Descriptions of Hands on Hartford and Mercy Housing and Shelter below:
The recipient of the 2019 donation was the Backpack Nutrition Program. This program has been created by a charitable organization called Hands on Hartford.
In Hartford, more than 30% of families live under the poverty line. So many families struggle to make ends meet nutritionally.
Kids who live in poverty receive free school lunches… but what about when they go home?
“Over the weekends, children in need receive 1 backpack a week. Backpacks include 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 drinks, snacks, fresh fruit, goodies like jump ropes, school supplies, even hot chocolate mix in the winters”
Since the program is so small, these backpacks are hand-packed with love. They often include mini gifts for the kids.
“We’ve gotten great feedback from both the kids and their families. The families are understandably appreciative of the extra help. The kids love the food, and in the words of one young person: “I like that there are people who care.” It’s very comforting to young children living in uncertainty to know that their community is there for them.”
Your donation can satiate the hunger of a child in need!
The recipient of the 2017 and 2018 donations were Mercy Housing and Shelter. Mercy Housing and Shelter is a prominent homeless shelter in Hartford. Mercy has countless programs and services to help homeless people become independent and respected workers. Kunal and I went to the St. Elizabeth house, a Mercy site which houses 44 adults, and were amazed by its effective case-by-case approach.