Updated: Apr 6, 2019
Fly By Nature Foundation held it's 3rd Annual Toiletries for the Holidays on Thanksgiving morning giving out over 250 toiletries, feeding 100 people in need and providing over 10 + haircuts to people living in the streets.
Toiletries 4 the Holidays was started Victor Terry, founder of Fly By Nature Foundation back in 2016. Mr. Terry says "The motivation behind it was I felt that most of us have the privilege to enjoy a good Thanksgiving meal, spend precious moments with our families but we can't forget about the homeless out in the streets." The Event would kick-off with a networking event at Infuse Restaurant on a Thursday. People would bring toiletries and we would bag them up there while socializing. We had raffle prizes to show our solitary & appreciation for the donors. Thanksgiving morning, we would take all the toiletries we bagged up down to Franklin Park, which is located at 13th & K st NW, Washington DC were a lot of homeless stay. After passing the toiletries, we would take the leftovers and drop them off at the Shelter on D st NW. " Now it was time to go home and have Thanksgiving dinner with the family ", terry says.
Fly By Nature Foundation was birthed with the inspiration of the founder's grandfather Richard Bradford. He was a staple of the community and his passion for youth was impeccable. Mr. Bradford founded the Busy Bee Community Association back in 1982. His grandson, Victor Terry, was present living in the household, apart of it as a participant and benefited from this program designed for at-risk youth.
Toiletries 4 The Holidays Social Hour at Infuse Restaurant
Fly By Nature Foundation established a partnership with Systaz with Visionz, an all girl social club to enhance Toiletries 4 the Holidays. Terry says " we are definitely welcome to establish more partnerships to reach more people in need. In the year 2018, Terry established another partnership with Bullying is Not Dope with Tenika Brown, co-founder of this organization created to bring awareness to bullying in our communities & schools.
Haircuts for those in need
Terry says " we expanded our services this year to provide free haircuts for those in need Thanksgiving morning." "It was a cold blistery day but that wasn't going to stop us from our purpose", Terry says.Thanks to Chase & and his partner for offering his services and providing over 15 people with haircuts.
100 Thanksgiving meals
Chef Keyshaun cooked these meals to provide 100 Thanksgiving meals for the less fortunate. Several volunteers accompanied us Thanksgiving morning to help serve the people. Terry says " We expanded this added service to Toiletries 4 the Holiday's. We look forward to doing it again next year."