As we reach the end of the year we all get pre-occupied with holiday parties, travel plans, buying gifts- but don’t overlook the importance of giving back to our community's social service organizations. Here are three of our neighboring social service partners and some of the ways that you can help them bring joy to the lives of those that they serve during the holidays:
Mercy Center is creating an “Angel Tree” and recruiting community members to sponsor a resident. They have a total of 15 residents that have each gathered a list of some of the items they would like for Christmas. It's up to the sponsor to pick an item/s from the list to purchase. If you wish to sponsor a resident from the Angel Tree please contact the Mercy Center Director, Latoya White, at (318) 222-6633 ext. 2210. You will be given a number which will represent the "angel" that you will sponsoring and a list of some of the items on their list!
Click here for more information about Mercy Center.
The Providence House will be creating an in-house “shopping” experience, where they allow families to pick out gifts for each other. Parents get to select gifts for their kids and kids in turn get to pick some things out for the parents. They are in great need of items for teens and adults, as it is the area that they lack selection in each year. Gift cards make excellent gifts for teens and adults. Some other examples are:
- Gloves, caps, umbrellas, pullovers
- Lotions and body sprays for both men and women
- DVDs, games
- Purses, belts
- Dishes, cooking ware, toasters, coffee pots, etc.
Any of these items would go a long way in helping to create normalcy for families and to help them have the best holiday possible!
Another option is to "adopt" a family and provide gifts for the entire family. For more information on any of these options with the Providence House, please contact Rhonda Watts at (318) 221-7887 or firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information about Providence House.
Volunteers of America of North Louisiana is continuing their 28 year tradition, Caring Gifts! Continue the tradition — or start a new one by sending Caring Gifts this year! This is an opportunity to honor your friends and family by making a Christmas donation, in their name, to Volunteers of America. In return, VOA will send them a beautiful, hand-wrapped angel to let them know how the donation you made in their name will benefit those the VOA serves throughout the year! If you are interested, here is the form!
Volunteers of America North Louisiana also invites you to sponsor one of their neediest families, providing Christmas gifts for the children. Contact Haylee Crawford at Haylee.Crawford@voanorthla.org or (318) 716-7336 to become a sponsor, or click here for more information about the families they serve.