Ecumenical Hunger Program seeks gifts for teens

Nonprofit low on contributions for youth ages 13-19

With only days left in the Ecumenical Hunger Program's holiday distribution of food and gifts, the organization is low on gifts for teens, according to staff member Christina Tecson.

"Every holiday season we encounter the same problem -- our teens are overstressed, overworked and often overlooked by giving programs," she said. "The majority of these youth are at home in a caretaker role, looking after younger siblings, filling in for working parents who cannot afford childcare. They are children given adult responsibilities and they deserve happiness during the holidays."

Tecson said the nonprofit is looking for gifts, money or gift cards to "let the teens shop for themselves."

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The Ecumenical Hunger Program is a non‐profit, community‐based organization based in East Palo Alto and in operation since 1975. The organization provides ongoing emergency services and special holiday distributions, and serves more than 3,000 kids and teens during the holidays.

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The Ecumenical Hunger Program is located at 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto.


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Posted by Torreya
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 22, 2016 at 6:26 am

Torreya is a registered user.

Toys and gifts for younger children tend to get most of the attention around the Holidays, but the tweens and up need to feel the love, too. Picking up a couple of gift cards isn't as much fun as choosing a toy, but why not let the kid have the fun of choosing something? As a board member at EHP, I urge you to do it this year and bear it in mind for next year.

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Posted by giving
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm

This is a great campaign from a great organization. EHP does a world of good for local families.

Consider giving.

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