- Holiday & Birthday Clubs
Holidays and birthdays can be a sad and lonely time for people with few natural supports. I know of many people who live in group homes and nobody brings them presents or comes to visit them. While it is true that most group homes try to make holidays and birthdays special, those without family often feel sad when they watch their housemate get visits. You would be surprised how much the small things mean to people. A card or a phone call, often means a lot.
- Holiday Clubs
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Nathaniel's Hope has a VIP Birthday Club. Children and Adults who have a disability can sign up and get birthday card every year! This is a great program because nobody wants to be forgotten on their birthday. You can sign up online and it's FREE.
Toys for tots is a program started by the Marine Corps Reserve Units. They conduct toy collections and distribution campaigns every year.
Every Christmas they give toys to kids whose parents can't afford to buy gifts. Toys for Tots is a program for kids aged 3 months to 12 years old. Some Counties will make special exceptions for disabled adults who want toys.
If you have toys you don't plan to use, please contact your local Toys for Tots and donate to them. They are a really wonderful organization. Anna and Bob at Pasco Toys for Tots have great big hearts!
Aside form toys, the organization also accepts donations of school supplies, food, shoes, socks and underwear, toothbrushes, books, clothing, dictionaries and other necessities. They accept these donations year round, so if you find yourself with any of these extras, please think of Toys for Tots.
Tip: Sign up early, or you could miss your chance. Most counties have a sign up deadline around the middle of December.
I want to give a special thanks to Anna and Bob from Pasco Toys for Tots. This year they gave me toys for one of the group homes I serve. I explained to them that many of the clients in this home would not be going home for Christmas and would not get any presents. They were extremely generous and wanted to make sure these people got the Christmas they had not had in years.
One middle aged man I serve had not gotten gifts for so many years, that when I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he told me socks and underwear. It took him two hours to provide me with a Christmas list. The entire list of gifts would only cost about 20 dollars to buy, but he got so excited to think that Santa would be bringing him some of these things. Thanks to Bob and Anna he got everything on his list.
- Anonymous Support Coordinator