Embrace Relief 2014 Share Your Holidays Food Drive Live Show at ABC 13 on Friday.

abcPlease bring your food donation to Raindrop Foundation till Friday December 5, 2014. 

The cornerstone of the Embrace Relief’s mission is service above self. This year, our mission will be personified by the millions of people who will benefit from our holiday food drive, geared towards feeding families in need. Food insecurity is a substantial issue globally and we want to ensure that we are doing our part in helping out those affected by it. Many of our own neighbors right here in Houston area are currently living below the poverty line. This means that families are forced to make tough decisions in providing basic necessities. With the rising cost of food and transportation, it can become very difficult for families to choose between keeping a roof over their head and keeping food on the table.

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Celebrating citizenship month with cuisine classes in Raindrop Turkish House.

cuisine (3)On Saturday, November 15, 2014, participants of Raindrop cuisine classes gathered with a special theme, American Taste, to observe citizenship month. Raindrop Foundation holds cuisine classes on a regular basis to teach samples from the Turkish cuisine. A special session was held to celebrate the citizenship month. It was a session demonstrating the diversity of our city as the menu included items from the American and Turkish cuisines. Participants enjoyed mango mole, corn pudding, Ashura (Noah’s Pudding), Kisir (cracked wheat salad), baklava and borek after they are taught how to make mango mole. It was a “delicious” celebration of the citizenship month.

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Celebrating citizenship month with Ebru classes in Raindrop Turkish House.

course-6Raindrop Foundation observed the citizenship month, which is “an annual volunteer-driven celebration that celebrates Houston’s civic diversity” with numerous events and activities. One of the events was free Ebru classes for Raindrop Youth Development Center students held on Saturday, November 15, 2014. For the citizenship month, the theme was the flag of Texas. Participating Turkish American children made artistic representations of Texas flag using Ebru techniques. Ebru is a traditional Turkish art of water marbling. Patterns are created on water using a variety of colors, which then are transferred onto paper.

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Raindrop Youth Development Center attended to an Tree Planting activity in our neighborhood

 

DSC 0428On November 1st 2014, Raindrop Youth Development Center attended to an Tree Planting activity in our neighborhood. Raindrop Foundation,Council Member Larry Green, TXU Energy, Houston Parks and Recreation Department organized planting 15-gallon trees along esp;esplanades of West Bellfort Avenue. Raindrop Youth Development Center attended with 15 volunteers and planted about 40 trees to our neighborhood.

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Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief Collaborated With State Senator Rodney Ellis for his “Fifth Annual Holiday Food Distribution”

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On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, the Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief aided State Senator Rodney Ellis in his “Fifth Annual Holiday Food Distribution”. The purpose of the food distribution, especially during this time of year, is to give thanks for our blessings and reach out to the community members in need.  Along with Last Organic Outpost, Whole Foods Market, and the Pearland Farmers Market providing fresh produce, Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief provided over 400 pounds of Halal beef for area families in need. The event was hosted by the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation then following a distribution at the Kelly Village Community Building. The families who attended the food distribution were also provided with turkeys in addition to the produce and beef they received.

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