Presidential Campaigns’ Holiday Giving Roundup from the Granite State

Posted by aaronjmarquez on December 24, 2007

In addition to the ServeNext Presidential Straw Poll to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, which rolls on through December 31, 2007, several campaigns have stepped up their own supporters’ giving and volunteer service to local initiatives this holiday season.

Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN)

From a recent e-mail to supporters:

Fred08 NH is participating in the “The ServeNext Presidential Food Bank Challenge”. This non-partisan statewide food drive will address the immediate critical need that the New Hampshire Food Bank currently faces.

U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

Obama for America sponsored a food drive at the recent the Obama/Oprah rally to benefit New Horizons. In a holiday e-greeting to supporters this afternoon, Mrs. Michelle Obama sent the following message:

This is also the season to remember that we’re all in this together by helping those in need in our own communities and around the world.

You can find a way to help here:

Thank you for welcoming us into your lives and believing in what we are trying to do.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NYC)

According to a recent e-mail from the Guliani campaign, those attending tomorrow morning’s house party at the home of Mayor Frank Guinta (R-Manchester) are asked to bring not only family and friends, but also food items.

Donations of frozen turkeys and nonperishable food items will be collected for local Manchester families in need this Holiday season.

The request is a part of Guinta’s week-long focus on providing support to the Manchester-based New Horizons for New Hampshire.

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)

On top of appealing to supporters to get involved locally, Senator Dodd will spend his final day of campaigning before Christmas volunteering as a way to focus on his National Service plan.

Most campaigns said they considered how close to Christmas they could campaign without alienating voters. Top contenders like Democrats Barack Obama and John Edwards as well as Republicans Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani chose to take off Christmas Eve as well as December 25 itself.

But Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, a long-shot Democrat who temporarily moved to Iowa to boost his bid, decided Christmas Eve was the right time to wrap up his holiday-themed ’12 Days’ campaign.

“It’s a good event to finish our ’12 Days of Results’ tour (in Iowa) focusing on national service,” spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said.

Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR)

Team Huckabee has a campaign Christmas tree, under which it is collecting non-perishable food items to benefit local food pantries.

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC)

Senator Edwards’ One Corps has been collecting canned goods throughout the entire campaign and continues through the holiday season. This week he airs a special holiday TV ad asking voters to consider that one out of every four homeless people on our streets is a veteran and 37 million people in our country live in poverty.


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