NAN hosted a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross on November 25th, 2018 at Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple in Durham, NC. The blood drive was a great success as 61 individual donors were recruited from whom 35 pints of blood were collected, surpassing our goal of 25 pints.
The community partners Amazon, Persis Indian Restaurant, Patel Brother - Indian Grocery Store, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ Donuts were recruited to provide incentives in the form of $5 gift cards, donuts, and coffee.
Children with cystic fibrosis have their own dedicated game room in the UNC Children’s Hospital. The games in this room require special measures such as lamination to meet disease prevention protocols. The result is that CF patients are often frustrated that they do not have as many game options as the other inpatient children. As an organization we decided to make a change.
Members of NAN collected many children’s and young adult's books, along with various board games. A few of the board games, and books were laminated to be donated to the CF play area. The rest of the supplies were donated to the UNC Children’s Hospital - Unit 5.
Homelessness remains a problem in the United States.
More than a half million Americans experienced homelessness last year, and some 1.5 million people sought some sort of emergency shelter or housing relief over that same period, says the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
While the holidays are a warm, loving time for so many people, they are especially hard on people who lack stable, affordable housing for both emotional and physical reasons. It’s draining to have to face the coming cold when you would much rather be around a dinner table with loved ones.
So, this holiday season we were fortunate enough to donate to the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, Virginia.