Turning Point receives $5,000 from MA Children's Relief

May 4, 2015

Turning Point Day Resource Center for the Homeless & Nearly Homeless recently received $5,000 from MA Children's Relief to support struggling area families.

MA Children's Relief Coordinator Sally Morrison presented a check to Rose Berry, board member of Wareham Area Council for the Homeless.

The money will be used through Turning Point's "Seasons of Giving" programs (Beach Bucket Brigade, Backpack to School and Kid Komfort Kits) as well as for emergency needs.

Morrison said most of the funds were raised at last September's Tastes & Sounds of the Atlantic Coast event, coordinated with the Salerno family and held at Salerno's Seaside Facility.

Wareham High School's Best Buddies, a program close to the Salerno family's heart, also received $1,000.

MA Children's Relief's celebrates its 10 year collaboration with the Salerno family on Sept. 26 with, "Tastes & Sounds - Tapas 10!" The event will be a celebration of the best dishes from the first nine years with an eclectic mix of décor, music and silent auction items.

"We were initially MA to LA Children's Relief, providing support to Katrina Kids at our pen pal school in Slidell, Louisiana. The first two Tastes & Sounds reflected that being our Gulf Coast and the Caribbean," Morrison said. "As Slidell got it's own relief in place, they asked us to continue our programs, but turn efforts toward our own community."

Since then, Morrison said, Tastes & Sounds has celebrated Italy, Greece, China, France, Portugal, Mexico and the Atlantic Coast while raising money for programs and services for local youth, and for individual children with significant medical challenges.

MA Children's Relief is presently seeking sponsors for the program book containing all the evening's recipes, food product donations and silent auction items. For more information, contact Sally Morrison sammorrison@comcast.net or 508-295-7410.