Peoria, IL (December 2, 2013) There are only 23 days until Christmas. 2013 marks the 24th year that Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service has “shared the spirit” of the holiday season by helping families in the Peoria area experience the joy of Christmas through our Peoria Friendship House Adopt-a-Family and Christmas Tree Lane programs and we are still in need of about 30 more sponsors.
At this time we have 122 total families in the Peoria Friendship House Adopt a Family program. This includes a total of 330 children (about 95 still need sponsors).
Imagine a Christmas tree without gifts under it. Imagine the disappointment on a child’s face Christmas morning of not seeing colorful packages with shiny bows just waiting to be opened. Imagine a parents’ disappointment at not being able to provide this simple joy for their children. At Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service we are committed to making sure this does not have to happen. Guided by the true spirit of friendship, Adopt-A-Family is a Peoria Friendship House program established with the purpose of enabling families in need to celebrate and enjoy the beauty and wonders of the holiday season.
Nearly one in five Americans reported they were unable to afford food at some point in the last year. Many of the families applying for assistance are facing financial hardships and are struggling to afford a Christmas dinner, toys or warm clothing for their children. The Peoria Friendship House Adopt-A-Family program has worked to build a loyal base of sponsors who make a difference by supplying needed gifts and resources to households in need.
There are an increasing number of families in our area still struggling just to provide the minimum daily necessities. Gifts need to be delivered to Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service by December 16th.
What can you do to help?
Be one of the many caring and concerned individuals, agencies or businesses and help spread the holiday spirit. Family sponsors are matched with a family (or families) with children. It is possible to request a certain size family.
Sponsors may either shop for items on the family “wish List” or make a financial contribution and Friendship House staff will do the shopping. Generally, sponsors spend about $30 to $50 per child and have the option to purchase family food or household items (depending on the size of the family). A gift card for groceries is a good solution for the family items.
You can also donate clothes and toys to be used in our expanded Christmas Tree Lane program. In order to serve more families, parents will be able to shop for their children at very reasonable prices.
Host a toy, glove/hat or clothing drive with your workplace, church or group of friends and family.
Volunteer to help with Adopt-A-Family or Christmas Tree Lane.
You can become a part of Peoria Friendship House’s Christmas programs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michelle Kelly directly at 309-671-5200 ext 20.
Last year, with the help of the community, we were able to provide over 500 disadvantaged children with gifts and helped their families experience the joy of Christmas.
About Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service
Our mission is to do the work of Jesus Christ, providing relief, respect, and renewal to Peoria’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Through the simple gesture of a free meal, a clean shirt, or a safe place to learn, Friendship House offers the hope of a new start to the least, the last, and the lost.
Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service, 800 NE Madison, has been serving those in need on Peoria’s near north side & East Bluff area for the past 60 years providing food, meals, clothing, children’s programs, Hispanic outreach, and community support. It is the home of Dress for Success Peoria and RSVP of Peoria and Tazewell counties.
For further information on Peoria Friendship House programs call 309-671-5200 or visit our website at www.peoriafriendshiphouse.org. Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service is proud to be a Heart of Illinois United Way Community Partner.