In October I mentioned how the organization I work for provides gifts for our participants. It truly is a wonderful program.
This year we were very concerned if we would be able to provide for all of the families. The economy has not been that wonderful. In Florida, the bottom has dropped out of the housing market. People are loosing their homes to foreclosure on a daily basis. Realtors are having to go to work at retail or fast food establishments just to provide for their families.
We had 65 mothers sign up for our Adopt-A-Family program. They completed the Wish Lists and we sent them to the individuals, companies, organizations who wanted to help.
We would be thrilled if 1 or 2 of the items on the children's lists could be provided. The gifts started coming in this last week...
This is the hallway...
People have, again, gone above and beyond. Just yesterday, we had a mother, father and 6 year old boy stop in the office looking for a voucher to purchase clothing at our Thrift Store. They are homeless and living in a tent nearby. Besides the voucher we gave them boxes of food and we were able to provide some Christmas gifts for the little boy.
We are receiving calls every day from parents desperate to provide something for their children for Christmas. Thanks to our wonderful community we are able to do that!!
Every toy will be out of this building by Christmas Eve. What we do not distribute will go to local churches, Guardian ad Lidem program, food pantries, any organization that provides services to the less fortunate.