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Reaping the Benefits of Holiday Giving

Target Webster Staff Help Local Women with a Fresh Start This Holiday Season

December 29, 2016

Media Contacts 

Cindy Harper, Public Relations | Home Start Hope | 585.690.2164

Kristin Mathis, Founder | Home Start Hope | 585.265.3383

Rochester, NY – The Target staff at the Webster location opened up their hearts and wallets this holiday season to help out a local non-profit organization called Home Start Hope. Donations like the one Home Start Hope received from Target, give Rochester women a fresh start as they rebuild their lives.

Imagine being given a second chance, an opportunity for a fresh start. And while this new start is full of promise, it’s also full of challenges. Home Start Hope helps Rochester women overcome some of these challenges as they rebuild their lives. Home Start Hope provides new, essential household items to local women and their children who are transitioning to independent living from Bethany or Sojourner House. Much-needed items such as blankets, pillows, towels, dishes, and are all eligible to be on a shopping “Wish List.”  The items available to each and every woman that Home Start Hope helps total over $450.  Everything is brand new, giving women a sense of pride and HOPE for a better future for themselves and their children. Purchasing these essentials when they are starting from nothing would be stressful and a huge financial hardship without their help.

Kristin Mathis, Home Start Hope President and Founder, said “The Target staff approached us during one of our shopping days to restock our shelves. The

y questioned who we were and why we had so many shopping carts.  The receipt was nearly as tall as the cashier.” After learning more about Home Start Hope, the Target staff asked how they could contribute. They decided to create a contest between departments to collect money and purchase items from the Home Start Hope Wish List registry.  In total, nearly $400 was raised by their employees and presented to Home Start Hope right before the holidays.  Thanks to their generosity, Rochester women and their children will reap the benefits from their kindness. We are so thankful for all our faithful supporters who allow us to continue this valuable work!

Anyone who would like to help support Home Start Hope can make a secure online donations at, donate Target gift cards, or by purchasing Wish List items using the Home Start Hope registry