CAMDEN, NJ- With the economy leaving more and more people with a few less “extras” than they are accustomed to, the approaching holidays can be a stressful time for many families. For those children living in shelters or for families that are facing overwhelming challenges, it is often the most difficult time of the year.
Center For Family Services, a local nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services, including shelters and group homes for youth, homeless moms and their babies, and victims of domestic violence, as well as basic needs services, counseling programs, and school based services, is working to brighten the holidays for these struggling children and families this year.
The organization is counting on people in the community to help provide holiday gifts for children and families by participating in Center For Family Services’ Holiday Gift Project.
“Our goal through the Holiday Gift Project is to support families facing difficult circumstances and to support the children and teens living in our residential and group homes,” said president of Center For Family Services, Richard Stagliano. “This year, we acknowledge that everyone is a on a limited budget, and we appreciate the way community members are still able to come together to support those who are especially in need.”
The Holiday Gift Project, which supplies gifts through community donations, will provide gifts to more than 2000 children and teens this year. Sponsors of the gift drive include The Promenade at Sagemore, The Cherry Hill Mall, Couier Post, and Old Navy. Employee campaigns at local companies including Campbells, Chili's Tri-State, Wyanoke Group, and Lockheed Martin, combined with support from individual donors make this a true community effort each holiday season.
Through this initiative, Center For Family Services hopes to gather supermarket gift cards, mall gift cards, movie gift cards, winter coats, bedding, books, video games, gym bags, footballs, basketballs, educational toys, crafting kits, and more. These donations will all be distributed to children and families in the next week. Center For Family Services will continue to gather gifts until December 21st. Monetary donations are also being accepted. For more information visit centerffs.org.
Center For Family Services is a human services non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children and families in Southern New Jersey. Their mission is to support and empower individuals, families and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope and strength. It is their vision that all people lead capable, responsible, fulfilled lives in strong families and healthy communities.