This year, our Adopt a Family drive has shifted from physical gifts to gift cards in an effort to promote social distancing and minimize exposure risk for COVID-19. Although a gift card may not feel like the most exciting gift to give, it is a deeply appreciated opportunity for our clients who receive them. Check out the impact you make and the many ways you can make the holidays brighter for KYC’s clients this holiday season.
Help a parent create the holidays for their family.
Jenna, 32, has struggled to keep a job and have a stable income while living with depression. She has been starting to feel better after seeing her therapist, but she has had a hard time finding a steady job. As a single mother to two young girls, she worries if she’ll be able to buy gifts for her girls to open on Christmas morning.
Giving a gift card to parents like Jenna is truly a gift that gives twice. Your gift creates an opportunity of empowerment to buy gifts or a special holiday meal and creates lasting holiday memories for their families.
Keep older adults connected while staying safe.
Luis, 83, lives on a limited budget and is facing growing mobility challenges. With no family living locally, he enrolled in KYC’s Home Delivered Meals Program to get the nutrition he needs. Luis is at a higher risk of having serious complications if he were to be infected with COVID-19, so he has been staying home to stay safe. Although this helps keep him healthy, he has been dealing with increasing loneliness, which has been especially difficult as the holidays approach.
Your gift helps older adults like Luis feel connected and appreciated. Your gift sends a message that you care, and creates an opportunity to spread cheer to someone who may be more isolated than ever this holiday season.
Bring holiday cheer to a child.
Leon, 9, has been having trouble managing his emotions since the school year began. His therapist is encouraged by the progress he’s making, but notices that Leon is always dressed in very large, worn-in clothing whenever they connect for their virtual sessions. After talking with Leon, his therapist discovers that his family can’t afford to buy him his own new clothes, so he wears the old hand-me-downs from his older siblings. He wants more than anything to be able to pick out his very own Cubs hoodie.
Your gift gives kids like Leon the opportunity to choose something that is important to them all on their own, without creating extra expenses for their families. It helps children express their individuality as they personally select a gift that will bring them the most joy.
Make Your Gift
Your tax deductible gift helps make the holidays for a KYC client or family. Please sponsor our clients today.
**Update!** We are THRILLED to share that we were able to provide a gift to every person who was nominated to this program, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of caring community members! Any additional gifts received to this program will benefit our emergency assistance funds, which help individuals in need all year round.
Thank You, Sponsors!
Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities here.
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