Just before the Christmas holiday, employees of GE Treasury in Stamford delivered holiday gift baskets to Person-to-Person for families in need. The baskets included clothing, toys and gift cards plus groceries for holiday meals, personal items and household cleaning items.

Person-to-Person identified three client families who would benefit from this generosity, but the GE Treasury team arrived with an additional gift basket -- just in case a new family came to the agency around the holidays.

Not content to stop there, and aware that need extends well beyond the holidays, the team also provided extra department store gift cards to be given to P2P clients throughout the year.

"Everything that was donated had been purchased with personal contributions made by the GE Treasury employees," notes P2P Development Director Diane Reese Tucker. "And they were so very thoughtful, going beyond the typical holiday gifts to include clothing and groceries as well as providing the additional gift cards."

In 2009, P2P provided assistance to nearly 25,000 individuals and was able to do so because of the many generous donations made by foundations, businesses, organizations and individuals like the employees of GE Treasury in Stamford.

About P2P

Person-to-Person, Inc., a 501non-profit agency, was originally established in 1968 by St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Darien. Its mission was simple: to bring together the needs of people in disadvantaged areas of nearby communities with the resources of people in Darien and the surrounding areas, thereby providing basic emergency services to low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County. A volunteer-driven agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem-solving initiatives. Programs include Emergency Assistance, Campership and Scholarship.

In 2009, Person-to-Person helped 24,780 people avert crisis and make ends meet. These efforts are made possible by in-kind donations, a force of more than 2,000 volunteers and financial contributions. More information can be found on the web at www.p2pdarien.org or by calling 203-655-0048.