Thanksgiving Food Drive benefits Friend Inc. Food Pantry – Reading Eagle

Fading Autism and Lambda Chi Alpha seeks donations for its Thanksgiving Food Drive to help fill the shelves at the Friend Inc. Community Services Food Pantry.
“We want to raise $2,000 worth of canned goods and supplies which would be (more than) our goal from last year of $1,000,” said Fading Autism founder Frankel Antoine.
The food drive collection started on Nov. 1 and continues until Nov. 19. Drop off canned vegetables, canned fruits, pasta, rice, canned beans, cereal, cleaning supplies, personal care items and pet food at F.A. Barbershop, 269 W. Main St., Kutztown.
“We hope this helps friends and families in Berks County who are struggling to feed their families,” said Antoine. “We hope this helps the community who cannot afford these goods at this time.”
Donations are already filling the front of the barbershop.
“The response is amazing and we are thankful for all the generous donations! Lamda Chi Alpha helped raise over $500 in food and supplies; our message to the community is to match that contribution.”
Antoine founded Fading Autism in 2015. In 2018, Antoine opened his barbershop on Main Street in Kutztown; F.A Barbershop is the LLC while Fading Autism is the 501c3 non-profit organization.
“Our mission is to advocate with and for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders and other related conditions,” said Antoine. “Fading Autism accomplishes this by providing professional haircuts at no cost to the family in a safe and supportive environment; engaging the community through fundraising and awareness activities; and developing partnerships with other organizations and professionals.”
The Barber Shop offers free haircuts to children on the autism spectrum, working one-on-one with families. Families can book online “f.a.special” for a free cut any day of the week.
“The Fading Autism message to the community is to help continue spreading autism awareness and helping one another in whichever way we can,” he said.
For more information about Fading Autism, visit
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