A Circle of Giving
Holiday Helpers is a unique program that helps families in need experience the excitement and spirit of the holidays by creating a circle of kindness charged with giving.
Through donations colleced by our partners like you, participating Holiday Helper families will receive a gift card redeemable at Cargo Largo, Charity Thrift Mart, or Shocking Prices to purchase presents for their children. If funds collected allow, the families will also receive a voucher to a local grocery store for a holiday meal, or food to last through the holiday season.
The participating families are identified by their school’s social worker, or Family School Liaison. Families who wish to be a part of the program are asked to volunteer within the schools or community – building a sustainable, positive impact on the entire community.
Holiday Helpers reaches families not served by other existing holiday programs. Most have jobs, but simply don’t have money left over at the end of the month for extras like presents for their children, or a holiday meal.
Last year, the Independence School District Foundation Holiday Helpers campaign raised enough money to assist more than 1,500 individuals in our community not reached by other programs! The need continues to increase each year.
The circle of giving created by the Holiday Helpers program continues well beyond the holiday season!!