As we began to prepare for providing Christmas gifts to clients this year, we received a last-minute notice from a long time partner for this service that they had decided they could not support our clients any longer. Along with the COVID-19 impact, this created a concern for our ability to provide for our clients at Christmas. However, our community did a great job of responding to our needs. We provided gifts to all of our identified clients and continue to assist a few other additional requests.
We had 425 clients receive Christmas gifts thanks to our more than 30 donors and our more than 45 volunteers who made the deliveries. Our delivery elves were working hard to get all the gifts delivered before Christmas Day. Multiple donors shopped from our Amazon Christmas Wish List providing needed items. For the first time in a long time, we operated out of the CASA office, which did not allow for much space and required us to get the gifts out quickly. We appreciate our volunteers making this year easier than we could ever have imagined.
As with our other services, the changes were a challenge, but we were grateful that we could still deliver smiles to our isolated seniors and homebound neighbors at Christmas. Thanks to the support of our community of donors and volunteers for making it all possible.
What are the Holidays without a meal to enjoy? Our donors and volunteers made sure many of our clients did not have to find out. During the Thanksgiving holiday donations from Hazel Green United Methodist, Intuitive Research, and Delta Sigma and their volunteers provided 96 clients with meals to enjoy. At Christmas time, donations from St. Thomas Episcopal, Hazel Green United Methodist, Intuitive Research, and Mr. Bill Seivers, and Ms. Catherine Forgione provided meals for more than 100 clients to enjoy. These deliveries brought joy and comfort to our clients in a time when things are so bleak. Thank you for your support!