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By P4K:CMH Coordinator Paulette Gilbert
Year after year, the Membership gives generously – especially during the holidays as NJASAP continues to support the Columbus Chapter of Pilots For Kids (P4K:CMH) Holiday Toy Drive. Within a few days of its announcement, the Membership purchased more than 150 toys on the Amazon Wish List, fulfilling the holiday wishes of children served by the Homeless Families Foundation (HFF).
NJASAP was privileged to join P4K in this initiative for the seventh consecutive year. Indeed, the 2020 Toy Drive may have been the most important to date as children have not been spared the stress and uncertainty created by the pandemic. The pilot group's gifts have provided them with a sense of normalcy as we continue this annual tradition of spreading holiday cheer at a time when area children need it the very most.
Each gift was wrapped and placed in a cheerful red bag for delivery to HFF, which hosted a drive-up day on Dec. 17 to distribute gifts and other supplies to families in need. Many central Ohio organizations have come together to generously support the HFF and the families it serves, exemplifying the holiday spirit. P4K:CMH was honored to have played a role in giving these children a happier holiday, and it was all thanks to the inexhaustible generosity of our pilots.
BECOME A MEMBER: Crewmembers may continue to support P4K:CMH by becoming a member. Please visit the Pilots For Kids website, and, when submitting the $15 tax-deductible membership fee, specify P4K Columbus in the payee line. As a reminder, 100 percent of donations made to P4K are used to purchase gifts. For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local organizations across the United States whose mission is to help those in need have seen their budgets stretched to the brink as more and more Americans seek help amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Homeless Families Foundation (HFF) here in Columbus – a charity the Columbus Chapter of Pilots For Kids (P4K:CMH) has supported for many years – is no exception. This past week, the chapter purchased more than $5,000 in cleaning and education supplies to help ensure the HFF’s Dowd Education Center remains a clean, safe and supplied space for children who attend its after-school programming. The funds were taken from the $15,659 raised during the 2020 Pilots For Kids (P4K) Golf Outing.
“In a time of uncertainty and challenge, P4K:CMH and NJASAP are such a bright light. Thank you for the generosity of your group and unfailing support of our kids and families,” HFF Associate Director of Education Erin Priest shared in an email. “These items will be invaluable to making the program a success and are so much more helpful than I could adequately express. You’re helping us provide a little bit of normalcy and fun for the children in a time that is so chaotic.”
Additionally, P4K:CMH donated $2,500 to the Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA), an organization that works throughout Ohio to provide nutritious meals to at-risk children. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, CHA has offered meals at pickup locations to ensure children whose only meal was previously obtained at a childcare facility and/or school has food to eat.
“P4K:CMH is honored to have been able to support the Foundation and Hunger Alliance during this exceedingly difficult time,” Chapter Coordinator Paulette Gilbert said.
With the holiday season just around the corner, P4K:CMH is beginning to plan the Annual 2020 Christmas Wish Program, which provides holiday gifts to children served by the HFF as well as those staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio (RMHC). As in years past, holiday gift requests will be collected and posted to a dedicated Amazon Wish List and shared with the chapter. Gifts will be sent to the NJASAP office where they will be wrapped and delivered to the HFF and RMHC. Current plans call for a virtual gift giving celebration with more details to come. Until then, please do not hesitate to send an email to email@example.com with questions regarding the upcoming P4K initiatives.
With a record number of both participants and funds raised, the 6th Annual 2020 P4K Golf Outing, held Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, raised more than $15,000. The event proceeds will support P4K:CMH’s Annual Christmas Wish Program that purchases holiday gifts for children served by the Homeless Families Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio; funds will also be donated to the Children's Hunger Alliance. P4K:CMH extends its sincere gratitude to all those who donated to this worthy cause.
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Please join the Columbus Chapter of Pilots for Kids at the Annual 2020 P4K Golf Outing scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15 at Royal American Links, 3300 Miller-Paul Road, Galena, Ohio. The entry fee is $100 per player with teams of four preferred. Games will include a raffle, silent auction, long drive contest, closest to the pin challenge and more. Registration begins at 1100ET. All proceeds will benefit the Homeless Families Foundation. Each participant will be asked to wear a face covering, and venue management has requested the number of teams be limited to 21. Organizers will ensure teams are seated together at tables no fewer than six feet apart for dinner. To register for the event, follow this link >> https://bit.ly/2OyN7Ng Please direct questions to Event Coordinator Kristine Young via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone, (614) 204-3134.
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