2020 Union Families Christmas Project


The NWPA Area Labor Federation and the Washington- Greene CLC have undertaken an enormous project “2020 Union Families Christmas Project” and with the collaboration and support of organized labor and our friends, it can be successful.

In Western Pennsylvania, we have two Local Unions on strike; UAW 1311 in Langeloth, PA for more than a year with approximately 90 members, and USW 1016 in Farrell, PA with approximately 425 members have been on strike for months. We have identified 46 children from UAW 1311 and 240 children from USW 1016  for a total of 286 children that we have the information needed to enable people to shop for age and gender appropriate gifts. 

Donations/gifts need to be received by Dec. 15th, we will be sorting and preparing for the events that day. USW 1016 Christmas Event will be on Dec. 19th at the VFW in Farrell, PA from 10 am to 3 pm and the UAW 1311 Christmas Event will be on Dec. 20th at the Knights of Columbus in Burgettstown, PA from 2 to 4 pm.

We will be flexible but successful in getting the gifts/gift cards to the families. Events are planned in-person at this time with an option of drive-through Christmas for those who are concerned and prefer to limit contact with others. If needed we will adapt. If you can do a drive-through foodbank we can do a drive-through Christmas.  Santa is ready to don his all American-Made Suit and greet the Children/Families either way.

Our goals are a $25 gift card to help with Christmas Dinner for each family, gifts, and a filled stocking per child. We realize this is a lofty goal, but we know with your help we can do it! Rosann and a few volunteers are working on homemade stockings for the children. We hope you will join us in Solidarity and help our union brothers and sisters by making Christmas brighter for their families.  "Angel Tags" are available for the children, the list of Angels is our newsletter for your convenience. You can access our newsletter via the following link. https://unionhall.aflcio.org/system/files/11-20_nwpa_alf_news.pdf

Here is how you can help:

       You and/or your organization can donate, any amount will help.

       You can buy a Giant Eagle gift card for a dinner for a family or buy a child gift/gift card

       You can donate items to use as stocking stuffers.

       You can volunteer to help sort gifts and fill the stockings on Dec. 15th.

Note: if you buy Giant Eagle gift cards as gifts the children, can use them to purchase a gift card of their choice of the same value and their parents will earn the fuel perks for gas or food.

Donations should be made payable to "NWPA ALF Christmas Project" and mailed to 1276 Liberty St. Ste 2, Franklin, PA 16323.

For more information or to volunteer, call Rosann at 814-360-8336 or email nwpaalf@gmail.com, Andrew at 724-854-0605, or Wayne at 724-678-2229.