Camp Friendship -- right across the street from PS 39, and part of our school community -- hosts a food pantry that distributes pantry items and produce every Saturday to 200 families. Throughout December, the Camp Friendship Food Pantry is inviting the PS 39 community and other neighbors to bring additional holiday spirit.
On Wednesday, December 16, Thursday, December 17, and Friday, December 18 from 2-2:30pm we will have a collection table set up on 8th Street outside PS 39 for any of the following items:
Home-made holiday cards. We would love to distribute 300 hand-made holiday cards to recipients on Saturday December 19. If your children are interested in writing, drawing or creating a simple card to spread love and joy this winter, we will share them with families in the food pantry community.
Keep in mind that broad messages are best since you don't know if your card is going to an individual, family, senior -- but let your kids decide how they want to wish seasons' greetings and a happy New Year.
Winter coats -- warm, clean winter coats for grown-ups and children. We will let folks who need winter coats select their own on December 19 during the pantry's operating hours.
In addition to dropping these at PS 39 on Dec 16 or 17 you can bring them directly to Camp Friendship: Friday, 12/11 6:30pm-9pm; Saturday 12/12 9am-3pm; Friday, 12/18 6:30pm-9pm; Saturday, 12/19 9am-11am (so we can distribute starting at noon)
Cookies Please fill out this form if you're interested in baking cookies that can be distributed at Camp Friendship and other food pantries, soup kitchens, and senior centers in the area -- the form will include your name, email and how much you're willing to bake:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuqGaskDZ6hjQEyGVuQbPtn_kLyUkCBcCePqIiayOYNmv4bw/viewform?usp=sf_link -- we will follow up on how to package them and any other instructions.
This is a great opportunity for students to learn about baking as well as discussing food insecurity. Please no nuts. Use safety precautions while preparing the food. Please do not prepare cookies if you feel sick or may have been exposed to people feeling sick.
Toys -- Bring new, unopened, and unwrapped toys, especially suited for 5-12 year olds. No toy guns, knives or weapons.
You can bring these to PS 39 on the afternoons of Dec 16 , 17, or 18, or to Camp Friendship on Saturday 12/12 9am-3pm or Saturday 12/19, 9am-11am.
Food! Camp Friendship accepts donations of non-perishable food (canned tuna, canned vegetables, boxes of pasta, bags of rice, boxes of cereal, condiments, shelf-stable dairy, etc) each week. You can always drop off food Saturdays at Camp Friendship from 9am-1pm, as well as at community donation tables in the neighborhood (often outside C-Town). In addition, we'll accept donations after school on Wednesday-Friday, December 16 17, 18.
Funds - you can always contribute to the Camp Friendship Food Pantry by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/f/park-slope-food-pantry-at-camp-friendship