So Many Ways You Can Help Homeless Families This Season
Just in time for the holidays, we made our list – and checked it twice! – of 5 easy ways you can help homeless families on the South Shore this season. Some are super easy to do. Others give you a chance to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season while your contribution goes to helping us put an end homelessness on the South Shore.
Either way, you’re sure to find an activity that will make this year’s celebration more meaningful and joyous than ever! Some fun ways to help homeless families are:
1. Come to the Festival of Trees in Hingham on Friday, December 7th & Saturday December 8th
Join us inside the Hingham Community Center for the annual Festival of Trees, featuring more than 40 trees and silent auction items donated by local merchants and community groups, and dozens of raffles.
View the trees and bid for the one you like best in various themes including: Red Sox, Date Night, Ski & Golf, Book Club, Active Kids, #1 Hockey Fan, Home Refresh, and Total Body Workout to name few.
The trees are on display on:
- Friday, 12/7 from 5 pm to 9 pm
- Saturday, 12/8 from 10 am to 2 pm
Silent auction and raffle winners are awarded at 1:45 pm on December 8th.
The event also features:
- a visit with Santa between 12 pm and 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 8th
- a Giving Tree which will be donated to the Friends of the Homeless as decoration for the shelter over the holidays.
Last year’s Festival raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore. It also contributed a more than $6,000 to the Hingham Women’s Club Scholarship Fund to help college-bound students.
2. Put a Special Present Under a Family’s Tree
It can be hard to make ends meet during the holidays, especially if you’re trying to keep to a strict budget, put something aside for a more permanent place to live, AND give your kids something nice for Christmas.
That’s why, since 1984, we’ve been making the holidays a little brighter for homeless families in our shelters (and those who have just moved to permanent homes) by giving each family member three gifts from their Wish Lists on Christmas morning.
Last year we helped 236 families — with 471 children and 294 moms and dads –have a merrier Christmas. We also fulfilled the last-minute wishes we received from more than 50 extra families, thanks to the many individuals and groups who donated additional, general gifts. This year, we hope to do even more.
How about Asking Your Friends and Family to Join You?
If you, your friends and family, your business, your church, your school, or your community group would like to
- sponsor a family, or
- add a gift or two to our Christmas Shoppe shelves for families whose Gift Wish Lists arrive at the last minute.
No Time to Shop? You Can Still Help
Shop online and have the gift delivered directly to us at The Christmas Shoppe, North Street Community Chapel, 235 North Street, Hingham, MA 02043.
Don’t forget, if you sign up for AmazonSmile and choose Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore for your charity, Amazon will automatically send us a donation every time you buy an eligible item! And it doesn’t cost you a thing.
Invite your neighbors to join you. That’s what one of our donors did last year and she was amazed at the response. A simple ask was all it took for the people on her street to deliver gifts to her home last year. It was easy for them and they were happy to do it. And then she brought the big bag of gifts to us for wrapping and packing.
“Your donation will make the holiday season brighter for homeless families on the South Shore. And, your Christmas season will be warmer for having reached out to others,” says Patt, who looks forward to hearing from you!
3. Volunteer to Wrap and Pack at Our Christmas Shoppe
Are you good at wrapping gifts? How about getting things organized? Then plan to join us for an hour or two at our Christmas Shoppe at the North Street Community Chapel, 235 North Street, Hingham, MA 02043.
Starting on December 7th and continuing through December 22nd, we’ll be gathering, sorting, wrapping, and packing gift bundles for families in our shelters and other shelters throughout the South Shore. Call Judith Patt at 781-337-5592 or just email the Shoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help our other Christmas “elves” get things ready.
4. Sign Up for AmazonSmile
Did you know you could help us automatically every time you shop on Amazon.com?
When you sign up for AmazonSmile you’ll find the same Amazon you know and love, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the price of your eligible purchases to Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore. You pay nothing extra and we get a check from Amazon.
How easy is that? You can do your holiday shopping AND help homeless families on the South Shore at the same time!
For more easy ways to donate online before year end, check out how to Give Online to Your Favorite Charity this Holiday Season.
5. Keep Saving and Sending Those Shaw’s Stamps
There’s still time to collect and send any extra stamps you have from Shaw’s Supermarket Luminarc® stamp promotion to help us equip the kitchens of homeless families in our shelters.
You have until:
- December 13th to collect extra stamps and
- December 20th to get them in the mail to Judith.
So don’t forget to ask for your stamps next time you shop at Shaw’s. Then gather any extra loose stamps you have, stick them in an envelope, and send them to:
c/o Promise Church
204 M Tall Oaks Drive
South Weymouth, MA 02190
The stamps you donate will be redeemed for Luminarc® storage containers that will be given to families moving from our shelters into permanent homes.
For more information, contact Judith at 781-337-5592.
A Small Donation Makes a BIG Difference
There are may other fun ways to help homeless families, so these are just a few. However, don’t forget how easy it is to support us with a donation of any amount right now.
Just click on the box to be connected to Network for Good and make an online donation to help us bring hope to homeless families on the South Shore — not just for the holidays, but for every day — as they work toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
Even a small amount can make a big impact, so thank you for whatever you can afford to give!