“This is a blessing.”

This holiday season, countless people in the Delaware Valley are finding it difficult to adequately express their gratitude for you. Thanks to your gifts, Theresa and other neighbors living on fixed incomes have ongoing access to the nutritious food they need to bolster their health and feed their spirits.

“It’s all good,” Theresa says enthusiastically of the food she receives from the food cupboard at the Lutheran Settlement House Community Center, a member agency of Philabundance.

We met Theresa as she picked up food from the center and also took time to practice one of her favorite hobbies: painting.

Theresa has lived in the area her entire life and even recalls roller-skating in the center basement when she was just 10 years old. As an adult, she worked 35 years in food service for the Philadelphia public school system.

Theresa says she has visited the community center ever since she retired in 2011.

“I’m on a fixed income,” she says. “I don’t get assistance. I get social security and my pension, but I don’t get anything else, which is why the produce is a big help.”

Theresa says she has an upcoming surgery, so she has been especially grateful for the fresh produce you make available through your gifts.

“Thank you,” Theresa says to friends like you. “If you eat healthier, you’re definitely healthier.”

Your generous gifts are improving the lives of so many of your neighbors this holiday season, and all year long. You’re clearly making the holidays brighter for the individuals and families who’ve reached out for help.