The gift of giving

Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.

DCP photographer Jessica Valle captures the essence of Miami Valley’s charitable organizations

By Jessica Valle

The holiday season is easily one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. Shopping, wrapping, eating, drinking … parties, office parties, hosted dinners … the list is long and endless. We at the Dayton City Paper wish to take our readers beyond all the typical holiday hysteria this year and focus on one more thing to remember around the holidays — giving.

There are countless Miami Valley organizations that get flooded during the holiday season and need help to provide for the people they serve on a daily basis. They not only need help now, but all year round. We thought what better way to showcase all of the good they do and services they provide in the Miami Valley than through photographs.

We enlisted the help of Dayton’s most talented young professional photographer, Jessica Valle. Although we could not include every charitable organization, the following organizations clearly demonstrate how Dayton is a wonderfully giving city.

Throughout this photo essay, we will present photos from Dayton’s House of Bread, the Dayton Foodbank, Dayton’s Good Neighbor House, Miami Valley’s Ronald McDonald House and St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen in Troy. Happy holidays Miami Valley, and remember the spirit of giving this season. You never know the lives you can change with a simple gift.

— Nicole Wroten

 

The Holiday Aid food drive is held throughout local schools in Montgomery County to benefit the Foodbank’s network of member agencies that feed the hungry.

The Holiday Aid food drive is held throughout local schools in Montgomery County to benefit the Foodbank’s network of member agencies that feed the hungry.

A large donation of fresh bread from Aunt Millie’s Bakery is bagged for families in need.

A large donation of fresh bread from Aunt Millie’s Bakery is bagged for families in need.

Guests young and old at the St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen are grateful for the generosity of others.

Guests young and old at the St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen are grateful for the generosity of others.

Volunteers at St. Patrick’s cook and serve meals to patrons. Dinners consist of a hot main meat dish, fruit/veggie, bread and a dessert.

Volunteers at St. Patrick’s cook and serve meals to patrons. Dinners consist of a hot main meat dish, fruit/veggie, bread and a dessert.

A pull-tab house that sits in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen. The pull-tab collection program generates about $14,000 every year.

A pull-tab house that sits in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen. The pull-tab collection program generates about $14,000 every year.

84-year-old volunteer Dust Rhodes helps out every week by sorting the weekly pull-tab donations.

84-year-old volunteer Dust Rhodes helps out every week by sorting the weekly pull-tab donations.

 93-year-old volunteer Charlotte Hamlin sorts clothing for Good Neighbor House. She is always quick with a story or a joke.

93-year-old volunteer Charlotte Hamlin sorts clothing for Good Neighbor House. She is always quick with a story or a joke.

Volunteer Andre Pelletier packs up a food order for a Good Neighbor House client. Good Neighbor House is a member agency of the Dayton Foodbank. Good Neighb

Volunteer Andre Pelletier packs up a food order for a Good Neighbor House client. Good Neighbor House is a member agency of the Dayton Foodbank. Good Neighb

 House of Bread’s Wednesday group of volunteers serving lunch to guests from the kitchen, where over 11,000 meals are prepared and served each month.

House of Bread’s Wednesday group of volunteers serving lunch to guests from the kitchen, where over 11,000 meals are prepared and served each month.

 Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.

Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.

All photos courtesy of Jessica Valle.

 

 

The Dayton Foodbank

The Dayton Foodbank nourishes the hunger relief efforts by providing nutritious meals to all individuals they serve throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.
427 Washington St. Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 461-0265
www.thefoodbankdayton.org

St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen

St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen serves over 24,000 meals a year to anyone who is hungry, located in a house next to the St Patrick Church in Troy.
419 East Main St. Troy, OH 45373
(937) 335-7939
www.soupkitchen.org

The Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodations for families that have a sick child at Children’s Medical Center where they can sleep, eat home-cooked meals, take a shower and do laundry.
555 Valley St.  Dayton, OH 45404
(937) 224-0047
www.rmhcdayton.org

Good Neighbor House

Good Neighbor House provides clinical and human services to the underserved in the greater Dayton community including food pantry services, clothing and household items.
844 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 224-3003
www.goodneighborhouse.org

House of Bread

House of Bread is a non-profit community kitchen which serves a hot, nutritious lunchtime meal to anyone in need, seven days a week.
9 Orth Ave. Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 226-1520
www.houseofbread.org

 

 

 

Reach DCP contributing photographer Jessica Valle at JessicaValle@DaytonCityPaper.com. Jessica Valle owns Jessica Valle Photography in Dayton. She has won The Knot Best of Photography two years in a row. Visit her website at www.jessica-valle.com and read her blog at www.jessicavalle.blogspot.com.

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