Messinger is on a mission to give back this holiday season
A year ago, around the time of her fifth birthday, Messinger caught the giving bug and adopted a cause, Family Promise of WNY, a grass-roots non-profit that rescues homeless families with the help of many dedicated volunteers.
You can count Messinger in that group. Not only has she donated her own birthday gifts, among many other items, but eagerly persuades others to be generous as well.
She is “pretty animated about her mission,” said her mother. “She tells everybody she meets.”
This dedication has not gone unnoticed either.
A first-grader at Elma Primary School, Messinger has enlisted the student body to her cause. Currently, the kids are collecting essentials of home life that are typically taken for granted but not by families working to find their way back home. These basics include hand soap, paper towels, sponges, socks, school backpacks and pillows. Each grade is assigned items specific to age groups of family life, from diapers to food cards and toys to storage totes.
On Sunday, Dec. 9, a group of Messinger’s friends, classmates, dance class buddies and family members, including other siblings Paityn Messinger and Shane Daley, will celebrate her recent birthday with a pool party and all the gifts will go to Family Promise of WNY.
In Erie County alone, families make up nearly 40 percent of all homeless. Family Promise is based in a two-story house on Glendhu Place in South Buffalo, a modest setting that not only services as shelter for families but also a command center for staffers adept at mobilizing volunteers and marshaling resources from a community network of individuals, faith-based institutions and civic organizations.
If you are interested in getting involved, visit www.fpwny.org or call 821-9100.