One of the very rewarding ways to give back during the holiday season is to sponsor a family or child in need. The following organizations allow for this opportunity through giving programs that involve you purchasing the gifts that they will deliver on your behalf. Watch the deadlines, though! They need time to collect and distribute. If you can't make the deadline, they are always happy to receive monetary donations.
We all know how stressful this time of year can be, but when you care for a seriously ill, injured or disabled child, the extra expenses involved make it very difficult to provide a warm, enchanted holiday you dream of for your children. The families reached through the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program have children who are suffering from a variety of conditions including cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, severe disabilities or serious injuries. These families are under immense financial strain and are brought to their attention by social work departments in hospitals and social service agencies. Most sponsors spend approximately $75-$100 per child, depending on age. They try to get all the families assigned before Thanksgiving, so sponsors can take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Gifts are collected at the Wissahickon Fire Company on December 10th and 11th, 2018.
Help local in-need children by adopting them into your hearts this holiday season. Wish lists are obtained from the New Hope-Solebury School district along with local organizations such as Fisherman's Mark, a private social service agency in Lambertville, NJ. This year they have added some Super Seniors who are local seniors-in-need whose wish lists are also obtained through Fisherman's Mark. The wish lists come from children and seniors who don't have very much, and they really need your help. You will be provided with their essential information such as age, clothing sizes, hobbies, and interests, as well as their ultimate wish. You do the shopping and the Key Club will deliver the gifts! The estimated cost of each child's wish list is about $150 and $75 for a Super Senior. Gift drop off day is Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
This program matches impoverished families throughout NJ with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Sponsors come in many shapes and sizes. They can be individuals, families, small businesses or large corporations. In many of the larger corporations, different departments often each adopt a family. Many sponsors find the experience so fulfilling that they participate in the program year after year.
This annual program runs from November 14th through December 15th, 2018. The Giving Tree will be in the lobby of the Hatfield Building, located at 1950 School Road. Four Hatfield families were identified through the North Penn School District for the "Holiday Giving Tree" program. All were in need of some assistance to make this holiday season a little more special for their children. All participants defined their special needs that they have this holiday season. Those wishes are placed on tags and the tags are hung on the "Giving Tree." People are encouraged to stop by during regular business hours to select a tag from the tree, and purchase the item(s) on the tag. They can then bring the new and unwrapped item(s) to the Township building before December 15th, 2018. For more information, check out our website at www.hatfield.org or call the township at 215-855-0900
We have a long list of needy children in the Ambler Area who will be grateful for holiday gifts - and we need YOUR help! When you get matched with a specific family in need, you will be given the children's first names, clothing sizes and wish lists. We ask that you purchase at least one clothing item and one toy per child. We ask that you do not exceed more than 5 wrapped gifts per child. All gifts for a family will need to be wrapped and tagged with the individual children's names and placed in a bag or box with the family name. Gift receipts can be included if you want. When you drop off your donation, we also ask that you indicate the value of what you spent and your address so we can quickly prepare a donation receipt for your generosity. Families receiving the gifts will turn in to the cupboard a thank you card written from them and we in turn will forward to you. All holiday gifts need to be in by Friday, December 7th so they can be distributed to the clients no later than December 21st. Drop off at the Mattie N Dixon Community Cupboard, 150 N Main Street, Ambler PA, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am until 2pm. If you and your family would like to sign up to purchase gifts for a family of children contact us by emailing Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-628-3002 for details.
Each year, the United Way of Bucks County collects donations specifically to purchase gift cards to support older kids and teens (ages 11-17) in need this holiday season. This annual holiday gift card drive, which runs now through December 14, 2018, provides a gift for kids who would otherwise receive nothing. This year, there will be at least 1,100 young people waiting for holiday help. If you want to make a difference for a child in need, click here to make a donation now. A lot of help is needed to make sure that none of these kids are left out.