Holiday fundraiser a success

While many were busy getting ready for Thanksgiving, members of the Prince Henry Society of Fall River were collecting food and donations to help make the holidays a little happier for the needy of the area.

The food drive was held at Portugalia Imports, Seabra Market and Holy Name School. Antonio L. Oliveira chaired the event which was co-sponsored by Frank Baptista and Radio Voz Do Emigrante.

“Although we are in a robust economy, it’s sad to see the need that still exists,” Society president Robert Medeiros said, “During this season of reflection and giving, I am proud of the efforts and results of this year’s drive.”

Nearly 1000 pounds of food and almost $2,000 in cash and checks were collected to benefit soup kitchens at St. Michael’s, St. Bernadette’s, Holy Trinity, and St. Anne’s churches. In addition, the Veteran’s Association and Herald News Holiday Fund will also receive donations.  

“I am proud to announce that amount of food and financial donations represent a 60% increase from our last food drive at Easter 2017,” Oliveira said.

He thanks Frank Baptista and Radio Voz Do Emigrante for co-hosting the event and expressed appreciation to the members of the Society and specifically the Humanitarian and Relief Committee members and non-members such as Gina Orlando and Abigail Medeiros, who helped make the food drive a great success. But Medeiros suggested more help is still needed.

“I am still saddened by the fact that it still isn’t enough,” he said, “None the less, we are happy that our efforts will make a small difference in the lives of a few.

The Fall River Chapter of the Prince Henry Society, has been helping citizens of our local are since its founding in the early 80s. The mission of the Society is to promote the civic, cultural, economic, educational and social betterment of individuals of Portuguese descent.

About PHS Community Giving

The Prince Henry Society identifies humanitarian needs in Greater Fall River. Designated projects or causes may include, but are not limited to, matters relating to needs of the community associated with traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas programs, disaster relief, and other such efforts appropriate for consideration. A $2,500 budget has been established for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Organizations who have benefitted by our giving program include:

St. Michael Church Soup Kitchen, Fall River
Sacred Heart Church Soup Kitchen, Fall River
Sociedade Cultural Acoreana, Fall River
St. Vincent’s Home, Fall River
The Salvation Army, Fall River
The Salvation Army, New Bedford
William F. Green School, Fall River
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Faith Living Ministries
St. Anthony of Padua Church food pantry
Espirito Santo Church food pantry
First Baptist Church food pantry
Holy Trinity Church food pantry
Healy School
Citizens for Citizens
Diabetes Association of Fall River
United Way of Fall River
Holy Ghost Feast
Azorean Earthquake relief fund
St. Anne’s Hospital
Bristol Community College
Herald News Santa Fund
American Cancer Society
John J. Doran Elementary School
Katie Brown Foundation
Day of Portugal
Junior Achievement
Holy Spirit Soup Kitchen
Greater Fall River Community Soup Kitchen
St. Anne’s Food Pantry
Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

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