Westporter's charity starts holiday food, gifts campaign
Published 3:58 pm, Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Al's Angels, a charity founded by Westport resident Al DiGuido, the CEO of Zeta Interactive, will launch its 6th annual Thanksgiving meal distribution program this weekend, when families in the Tri-State area battling childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, and severe financial distress will be provided meal bins.
A team of more than 400 Al's Angels volunteers will gather Saturday at the Builders Beyond Borders building in Norwalk to assemble over 1,000 Thanksgiving bins. Afterward, volunteers will load the contents into five delivery trucks and deliver the food to families in need.
Each bin contains an assortment of Thanksgiving foods and a gift card to use at a local supermarket for a holiday turkey or ham. In total, there is over $100 worth of goods in each package. The food has been purchased through an arrangement with the Wakefern Shoprite organization.
Over the next month, Al's Angels will also deliver gifts and holiday support to thousands of needy families throughout the region. Last year, more than 750 needy families received Thanksgiving meals from the charity and more than 2,000 gifts were provided to children during the holiday season.
This year's efforts are designed to provide more than 2,000 families with holiday meals between Thanksgiving and year end, as well as gifts for nearly 5,000 youngsters.
Al's Angels has also partnered with other organizations such as the Tomorrow's Children Fund, St. Barnabus Hospital of the Bronx, Union Community Health Center of the Bronx, CLASP Homes of Westport and Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, to assist children with assistance.
The group now has more than 800 volunteers who travel and lend hands-on support to its events and charity drives throughout the year.
For more information about Al's Angels, including details on how to become a volunteer or to make a donation this holiday season, visit www.AlsAngels.org.