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Originally Published on Thursday, October 10, 2019
HELPING HAND OF HOPE EXPANDS ITS AFFORDABLE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM.
Based on the success of last year’s Affordable Christmas collaboration with Valley Creek Baptist Church and Lincoln Trail Elementary School, Helping Hand of Hope is expanding its Affordable Christmas to additional churches and schools in 2019. “The feedback we received from last year’s Affordable Christmas pilot program was all positive. The parents loved being able to purchase and select their children’s toys, the kids enjoyed that activities the church provided while their parents shopped, and the church members were excited to have the opportunity to do some real hands-on ministry with the families,” said Gary Bohannon, executive director at Helping Hand of Hope.
Affordable Christmas is a ministry that empowers low-income parents by enabling them to purchase Christmas gifts for their children at a reduced cost. In this program parents can share in the joy that comes in selecting and purchasing gifts for their children.
This year, Helping Hand of Hope will be partnering with 9 local churches and 11 Family Resource and Youth Services Centers to offer an Affordable Christmas program for the school’s low-income families. Only families invited by the school’s Family Resource Center can participate and these families must agree to participate only in the Affordable Christmas program and not any other Christmas assistance program.
How can businesses, churches, and the local community help?
• Participate in WQXE’s Toy Factory toy drive – an Affordable Christmas partner.
• Visit https://www.helpinghandofhope.com to learn more and see the shopping list.
• Check Helping Hand of Hope’s Facebook page to learn more about participating and questions.
• Sign up to host a toy drive, collect monetary gifts, be a gift drop-off site and volunteer. Drop off toys and/or monetary donations to Helping Hand of Hope on or before December 1, 2019.