(CAMDEN, NJ) December, 2010 - With the economy leaving more and more people with a few less “extras” than they are accustomed to, the approaching holiday season can be a stressful time for many families. For those children living in shelters, or 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 make holiday wishes come true for over 1000 children and families by participating in Center For Family Services’ Holiday Gift Project.
“In New Jersey, there are over 22,000 children who are homeless, abused, abandoned or neglected. It has been our goal through the Holiday Gift Project to help alleviate some of the heartache of these situations by providing children with gifts they can enjoy, in addition to some necessities,” said president of Center For Family Services, Richard Stagliano. “This year, we acknowledge that everyone is a on a more limited budget, but we believe there is no better time to be appreciative of what we have and give what we can to those who need it most.”
For this reason, Center For Family Services has established its Holiday Gift Project, which has supplied gifts to children during the holidays for the past five years. Their goal this year is to help 1400 people. The Promenade at Sagemore, The Cherry Hill Mall, and Old Navy sponsor the event and are all collection sites. Through this initiative, Center For Family Services hopes to gather bedding, coats, gift cards, journals, socks, books, video games, cameras, footballs and basketballs, educational toys forkids, crafting kits, and more. These donations will all be distributed to children and families in the next two weeks.
For many of the more than 120 youth staying in one of the Center’s shelters or group homes, the donations from the community will be the only gifts the kids open Christmas morning. Center For Family Services will continue to gather gifts until December 21st, and asks anyone who is able to contribute to take their gifts to any of the drop box locations listed below. Gifts of all sizes will have a positive impact.
Donations can also be made to support the Holiday Gift Project at www.centerffs.org. For more information regarding drop-off locations and other ways to donate or sponsor a child, please contact Jen Hammill at 856-964-1990, ext. 129.
Drop Off Locations: The Promenade at Sagemore, Cherry Hill Mall, Courier Post, Old Navy Deptford, Center For Family Services Williamstown and Voorhees offices.
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.