The holiday season is a time to be grateful, and it’s a time to give back and share part of the blessings we have received. During this season in particular we stop and remember that while we may have a lot, some have almost nothing.

Moved by this generous spirit, ACADIA Realty Trust –a local commercial real estate company in White Plains– named November its “Thanks for Giving” month. During four weeks, a team of 10-20 employees helped out local Westchester organizations and non-profits and conducted several drives to collect clothing, food, books, toys, coats and more to favor those in need.

Community Housing Innovations (CHI) was among the organizations that embraced ACADIA’s project to “give-back” to the community. The employees conducted a toiletry drive for CHI’s Westchester emergency housing program.

“In Westchester, CHI provides scattered site emergency housing to 60 homeless families. We highly appreciate this gift, because toiletry items such as hand soap, shampoo and toothpaste are not covered by food stamps. Spending on these essential items poses an added burden to families on a limited income,” said Debbie Perkins, Senior Director of Hudson Valley Programs at CHI.

For ACADIA Realty Trust’s employees, their modest donation probably cost very little but for the people in CHI’s shelters, “little things” mean a lot.

CHI provides a full range of housing and social services including permanent supportive housing, rental housing, First-Time Homebuyer education and grants, as well as foreclosure assistance.  If you would like to make a donation to support CHI actions you may do it here.