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Give and Get Support Through the Thanksgiving Mutual Aid Drive

Thanksgiving looks different for everyone, and for many, this is a time of joy, food, loved ones, and counting blessings. This time of year can also be hard for families who are working to make ends meet, are overwhelmed, or feel alone. We have an opportunity for us to come together and support one another.

On November 18 and 19, our Wellness Team will host the annual E.L. Haynes Thanksgiving Mutual Aid Support Drive – where our families can get and give support this holiday season. Last school year, we supported 78 families and 360 children and adults. We are excited to continue this important tradition this year. Through the Support Drive, families can receive ingredients and food, toys and gifts, and winter clothing. 

Read more about from Director of Health & Wellness Melissa Beasley:

“The E.L. Haynes Thanksgiving Mutual Aid Support Drive allows families to receive and give support, regardless of economic status. Families facing economic hardship may also have the ability to support others in their community. This drive is centered in making sure every family is treated with dignity and has the opportunity to be a part of a community collective.”   

Sign up to Get or Give Support by November 15

We kindly ask that families indicate if they would like to receive or give support by November 15 so that we can coordinate all gift exchanges. If you are bringing a turkey or fresh food, please do not bring them until the day of the event.

Available and Accepted Items

Families can receive and give the following types of supports:

  • Perishable food items (i.e. meat, vegetables, fruits, herbs, bread)
  • Non-perishable food items (i.e. sauce powders, powder-based foods, dried foods, spices and herbs)
  • Children’s toys and games
  • Cold-weather clothing for children and adults (i.e. coats, jackets, mittens, socks, hats, scarves, gloves, boots)

Click here to see a sample food shopping list. If you’re unsure about an item, submit a form and our team will reach out to you.

Who Can Participate?

Families of all E.L. Haynes students in grades Pre-K3 – Grade 12 are eligible to participate. Staff may donate, and they may receive support after we meet all of our student families’ needs.

For more information about the E.L. Haynes Thanksgiving Mutual Aid Support Drive, contact Director of Wellness Melissa Beasley at

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