It is our belief that no child should go without a Christmas.
It’s that time of year again when we solicit “help” from our network to assist us in providing a special and memorable Christmas to our families in-need. In that regard, our 2014 families have been selected and we are busy reaching out to them so they can compile their Christmas “Wish List”. Next the success of our Program depends on your generous contribution(s).
Throughout the year, Angles of Hope has previously provided these families with a grant that helps the family with some immediate financial needs such as paying their mortgage/rent, paying utilities to heat their home, repairing or helping purchase vehicles so they can meet the demands of their doctor/hospital/treatment appointments, home repairs, burial expenses, etc. Learn more about the families we help here. Cancer impacts many aspects of the entire family and makes it difficult for families to plan for Christmas. Without our help some children may not be receiving Christmas gifts this year.
We realize that the holiday tends to be the time of year when many of us take a moment to reflect on our own lives and count our blessings. Many of you have proclaimed that gratitude by graciously and generously participating in this Program bringing hope and happiness to others. In the true spirit of the holiday, our Program is organized so that 100% of your contribution will be used for the families this Christmas.
For those of you who are not repeat supporters of this Program, I hope to answer some of your questions about how you can help. Our selected families come in a variety of members with needs that vary. We endeavour to match a family with needs to meet you/your organization’s level of interest. We will provide you with the family’s wish list of items along with a photo and short story. Then we ask you to coordinate the purchase of items for this family. Supporters are in no way obligated to purchase everything on the “Wish List”. As a general rule, we typically ask you to spend approx. $250 per family member or, $1,000 on a family of 4 (or more, which is left up to the discretion of the supporter). When you give us an idea of the level of interest from your friends, family or co-workers, we can match you to a family that you can support. Since we help families throughout the State, you may get a family that you need to be mindful that the “package” may require mailing and thus, gift cards become a nice option.
Most supporters enjoy coordinating and delivering the packages. If you are in a position to do this, we appreciate it as we can concentrate on spending our time matching more families and less time on the delivery process. If you can deliver, we encourage you to contact the family direct to make the arrangements that are convenient to you. The family contact info will be provided to you. Let them know you are acting on behalf of AOH in the delivery of some gifts for them for Christmas. Many of them may want to arrange to hide them from their kids and bring them out at Christmas morning. Each family is a little different. They are aware they have been selected for the program so they should be expecting a call.
If you are unable to deliver, I will need to arrange a pick-up/drop-off of your Christmas package items from you no later than December 10th. We also ask that gifts be wrapped and name tagged.
Please contact me with any other questions you may have and/or your level of participation in this Program this year. I believe with your group/organization’s help we will be able to meet or exceed our goal of providing an awesome Christmas to many families. I look forward to hearing from you and coordinating a match soon.