Providing meals and gifts to local families in need is by far our most expensive project each year.
The holidays can be especially hard for our neighbors who struggle financially throughout the year. We work with officials at Blue Mountain Middle School and Hendrick Hudson High School to identify how many local families are struggling. We receive no identifying information in order to protect their privacy. At Thanksgiving, they receive a card and a gift card to a local grocery store in order to purchase what they need for their holiday meal.
Then, before winter break, they receive another gift card for their holiday meal, plus a second gift card for presents. The amount of the second gift card is dependent on how many children are in the family.
Over the last six years, the number of families served has increased each year. What was once a roughly $1,000 annual expenditure has been two and three times that amount in the last two years. We remain committed to this project, and have thrown additional fundraisers and cut back on other projects in order to ensure this program is funded each Holiday season. Your help is essential in continuing this program.
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