Making the Holidays Brighter for Others
Family & Children Services cares for our clients throughout the year in many ways and by meeting many kinds of needs—but the holidays are a time of year when those needs become even greater.
While most of us think of the holiday season as a time of celebration, for many of the families and their children that we serve, the holidays can be a time of heightened fear and sadness. For children, there may not be any gifts beneath the tree, no matter how good they have been all year. Indeed, some children may have been separated from their families during the holidays.
The Holiday Giving Program has brought hope to families in crisis and to children. Donors provide in-kind donations such as holiday gifts, toys, games, clothing, household supplies and personal hygiene items to children and their families who might otherwise go without.
The In-House Holiday Store is another option to assist our clients. Community donations come from individuals, schools, churches, local businesses, and corporations. When one of our social workers or clinicians learn of a family in need in the final hours of the holiday, they can quickly select items from the store for a parent to give to a child who might otherwise have no gift.
The Year-Round Pantry is stocked with essential items most needed by families and children and crisis. Whether families need soap, toilet tissue, diapers, laundry detergent, toothpaste, or any number of everyday items, the Pantry is always open to them. Rather than stocking grocery items, we distribute ALDI gift cards. All items are new, and all are donated by you, our generous community members.
Thank you for helping us brighten the holidays for our clients in crisis this holiday season.
For more information on how to participate in any of these giving programs, please contact Dale Hein, Holiday Giving Program Coordinator, at 269.373.0248 ext. 4405 or at Dale.Hein@fcsource.org.