The holiday season is the busiest time of year for most, especially at Friendly Center. It begins in November with the Turkey Basket Drive. This year, caring donors gave turkeys and food which provided 432 low-income families with food to make a Thanksgiving feast of their own at home. These families truly had reason to give thanks this season because compassionate people gave from their hearts.
Food drives and toy drives were in full swing leading up to the Holiday Outreach Parties. A total of 727 low-income families registered to take part in receiving toys and food for the holidays. This was done with the help of donors and 175 volunteers that sorted through toys, distributed food, assembled crafts, prepared lunch, and even assisted Santa. It truly takes an army and this army brought holiday cheer into the homes of many needy families.
December events concluded with the adopt-a-family program. This year 50 of our neediest families were adopted. As adopters dropped off gifts from their adopted families’ wish list the generosity was overwhelming and, in turn, as families picked up their gifts they have been overwhelmed with emotion. Parents shedding tears knowing their children will receive gifts this year, was followed by repeated words of gratitude. Tangible joy filled the air with each pick-up.
We at Friendly Center feel blessed to witness what makes this time of year so special—people giving from their hearts and people receiving with abundant appreciation. We truly are appreciative for every person who donated their time, donated food and toys, and donated financially. We thank you for making this season bright for struggling families.