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Filling in the Blanks Responds to Urgent Coronavirus their; Virtual Food Drive and Virtual 5K

Updated: Apr 21

Norwalk, CT - May 5th, 2020 – Filling in the Blanks is responding with their virtual fundraisers to build community and raise funds as a way of giving back now.

#GivingTuesdayNow (“GTN”) is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic volunteers are eager to help in a safe, socially responsible way. Since Filling in the Blanks is limiting volunteers in the warehouse due to social distancing restrictions, GTN gives people the opportunity to raise awareness about childhood hunger through social media outlets and virtual events.” Tina Kramer, Co-Founder/Co-President

“Being part of #GivingTuesdayNow is a way to raise awareness to the growing need in our neighboring communities, especially in light of the current COVID-19 Crisis. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and support everyone that has been impacted.” Shawnee Knight Co-Founder/Co-President

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.

“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”

Those interested in joining Filling in the Blanks’ #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit www.FillingintheBlanks.org

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.

About Filling in the Blanks

In Fairfield County, more than 33,000 children are not sure where their next meal will come from. Most will get breakfast and lunch from school every weekday, but many will go from Friday lunch until Monday at breakfast without a decent meal. Filling in the Blanks is an organization that fills in those weekend gaps by providing each child in its program with a bag filled with healthy food for the weekend. When the obstacle of food insecurity is removed, children experience increased academic achievement in school and increase opportunities for success in their lives.

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Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with weekend meals.

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Filling in the Blanks is an exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 46-4980002. 

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