DOVE PROGRAM (Darien)
For most of us, a special meal is one of the ways we celebrate the birth of our Savior Christ. Imagine not being able to provide such a meal for yourself or your family. Through the Dove Program, you can show Christ’s love and help families celebrate our Savior’s birth by providing the gift of a Christmas Meal.
Organized and operated by Person-to-Person, the Dove program provides the gift of a Christmas meal to over 800 families throughout Fairfield County. NPC families then select a family, shop for food items and brightly wrap them as a gift for delivery to families the week before Christmas.
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This year marks the 48th anniversary of the Person-to-Person Dove Program! The Dove Program allows parishioners to respond to the needs of families and seniors in our greater community who might otherwise go without a holiday meal or other necessities.
Doves available a few weeks before Christmas.
There are four opportunities to contribute your time, talents, and/or resources:
1. White Doves: Provide a holiday meal for a family in need for Christmas Day. A $15.00 contribution is also required so that Person-to-Person can purchase a supermarket gift card for each family to buy its own choice of meat. (Please plan to provide either $15 in cash or a check made out to Person-to-Person when you receive your dove.)
2. Green Doves--Emergency Assistance: Offer a financial donation critical to assisting Person-to-Person in providing financial assistance for rent, security deposits, utilities, childcare, skills training and some medical expenses.
3. Green Doves--Scholarship Fund: Offer a financial donation which is made available to students from low-income households applying to or attending college to help with book and tuition payments.
4. Loading and/or Driving on Dove Distribution Day: Arrive at NPC by 8:00 a.m. Help load Dove boxes into mini-vans, SUV's, or pick-up trucks AND/OR drive to one of our delivery sites
Approximately four to five large vehicles are needed to deliver boxes to area distribution agencies (Stamford, Darien, Norwalk). Drop Dove boxes immediately after loading--usually done by 9:00 a.m.!