Halloween has arrived at the Samaritan House Kids Closet! Volunteers and children alike are equally excited. We have been distributing costumes throughout October to make sure every child gets a fun-filled Halloween. By the time trick-or-treating starts, over 275 children will have received a costume to celebrate this spooky holiday.
A special thank you to the Young Men’s Service League for donating over 40 new Halloween costumes and to an Anonymous donor for another 50 costumes! We truly appreciate the support of our community to make this holiday special for so many deserving children!
2013 Holiday Highlights
With the help of our volunteers & donors, we were able to help over 1035 families have a brighter holiday season!
Some highlights to come out of the holiday program this past year:
Food Distribution: special food distributions during November & December provided groceries – like fresh fruits & veggies, canned goods, hams and turkeys- to 3,894 individuals
Toy Shoppe: 1,422 children picked out stuffed animals, games, educational toy, and books that were donated from groups, service clubs, and individual donors from around the community
Family Sharing Program: 110 family sharing program donors – including individuals, families, church and civic groups, businesses, Scout and after school programs – provided food and gifts for 193 families and seniors
All of this was made possible with the caring and sharing of so many donors in our community and the 1,179 volunteers who came together to hand out toys, food, and help clients pick warm coats. Thank you to all those who support our holiday program every year!
Some information for those interested in donating food or toys this month:
Beginning the week of December 9th, our donation center located in the parking lot of our main office will be open from 9am-6pm on Mon/Tues/Fri & 9am-8pm on Wed & Thur. A donation attendant will be available to accept donation items and issue a receipt.
In addition, we are in urgent need of toy to help us start out the holiday season. We are still in need of new, unwrapped toys for children from 0-13 years old along with gift cards for teens.
More of a cyber-shopper? Check out our Holiday Wishlist on Amazon and have your donations shipped directly: http://bit.ly/SH_Holiday2013
With your help, we will be making the holiday a little brighter for over 2,000 of clients’ children!
We couldn’t have accomplished so much this year without supporters like you! As we begin to plan our holiday distributions for families in need, we’ve joined the #GivingTuesday movement, an annual campaign created to promote a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season to celebrate organizations like Samaritan House that make our community a better place.
From food to shelter to financial empowerment and more, Samaritan House invites you to help support the work we do.
Remember us on Giving Tuesday and visit our donation page to make your contribution.