One of the most gratifying things about the success of Edible Arrangements International is the fact that is has given me the ability to give back to the community, and to support worthwhile causes. My brother Kamran and I formed the Farid Foundation eight years ago for just this purpose. Last December, I was honored to be able to support one of those very worthy causes through the Foundation by giving a donation of $35,000 to Family Services of Greater Waterbury.
Since it began serving the Waterbury area 104 years ago, Family Services of Greater Waterbury has helped hundreds of thousands of people receive basic need services. The organization currently offers programs to help abused and neglected children, parents returning to the workforce from welfare programs and counseling for issues such as depression and anxiety.
Additionally, Family Services provides a “Basement Boutique” for its active clients, where they can receive work-appropriate clothing as well as basic toiletries such as deodorant and soap. When deciding to make the donation, I was particularly moved by the work Family Services does to help people prepare to return to the workforce.
When I was a young boy and new to this country, I was helped by another family. They gave me my first winter coat. It was a beautiful designer coat, but I didn’t know that at the time. All I knew then was that I had a fine new coat because someone cared enough to help. And that’s exactly the type of care Family Services offers to the community. I’m glad to support their work.
More information on how to connect with Family Services of Greater Waterbury is available at www.familyservicesgw.org or by calling 203-756-8317.