What is your favorite Christmas memory from the past few years? Is there one special family tradition that you begin anticipating months in advance? For many families, Christmas is a time of preparation to celebrate a successful year at work, with your family, or in life. Maybe you are looking forward to a new tradition like an “Ugly Sweater Party”!
Any child, regardless of their situation, enters the holiday season with dreams of Legos, toy cars, coloring sets, or a special new doll. For many of their parents, anticipating Christmas comes with stress and frustration figuring out how to make ends meet. With expenses like rent, utilities, childcare, car insurance, and groceries, many parents do not have the extra income available to provide for their children’s Christmas and shop with pride and dignity. Every parent wants to provide presents for their children at Christmas. Many parents would even prefer to purchase gifts for their children over receiving a hand-out, but due to limited income, are truly not able to do so.
As a supporter of Sharing Christmas, you have seen firsthand the impact your generosity has had in the life of a family in need. By extending your generosity and Christmas joy to another family, you have made a commitment to build up and support the Sioux Falls community. Your support is needed again for 2019 for Sharing Christmas.
Here’s how you can help! For Sharing Christmas 2019, donors have three options when choosing to share your Christmas with a family: Open Sponsorship, Closed Sponsorship, and The Sharing Christmas Store.
- Open Sponsorship pairs a donor with a first- or second-year family in need. Donors deliver directly to the family they are sponsoring and arrange for a meeting time (preferred option);
- Closed Sponsorship is the same an Open Sponsorship, but instead donors deliver gifts to the Sioux Falls Ministry Center and we arrange to meet with the family;
- The Sharing Christmas Store is an opportunity for parents who have been adopted more than two times to shop for gifts for their children with pride and dignity. Donations of new toys are needed for the store, where they are offered for sale at 10% of the retail value (preferred option).
Volunteers are greatly needed for the program as well. Sign up HERE to volunteer your time.
Thank you for your support and partnership in Sharing Christmas. To care for people well, we must have a plan to help the whole individual and solve the issues and not just the symptoms. By taking the time to meet and support someone in crisis where they are at, you are creating a pathway toward self-sufficiency.
The Sharing Christmas program is administered through a partnership between The Community Outreach and Center of Hope.
Did you know: 1.5% of the population of Sioux Falls benefitted from Sharing Christmas in 2018