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Holiday Giving Sponsorship Form
Imagine the holiday season is approaching and your family is struggling to pay rent, utilities, and buy groceries. On top of that, December brings the pressure to give your children gifts for the December holidays and provide traditional celebratory food. This is the reality for many families living in Montgomery County.
The Holiday Giving Project (HGP) of Montgomery County, Maryland, has provided holiday food and December holiday assistance to low-income households for over 30 years. A network of social workers, school counselors, and other human service professional refer families and individuals in need of holiday assistance. Local non-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, service organizations, government agencies, as well as, local neighborhood coordinators and families, come together each year to meet the need.
In conjunction with Faith Connections, we are working to connect HGP families in the greater Damascus-Clarksburg area who need help with the Holidays with sponsors. Last year we were able to see over 200 families adopted by churches, businesses, organizations and individual families here in our community.
Here are ways you can get involved as a Holiday Giving Sponsor:
Sponsor a family as an individual or a group:
As the sponsor you will contact the family to collect gift wishes for the children, then purchase/gather the gifts, provide food or a food gift card for a festive family meal, and deliver to the family before Christmas.
We suggest providing 1-2 gifts per child with an estimated value of $25 per gift.
The food amount/food card amount depends upon the total number of people in the family, but typically $50-$100.
Sponsoring a family takes some time, but is fun, personal and helps to connect the family into our community. Isolation is an issue for many in need, so this can be a great way to meet a new neighbor and to provide encouragement as well. If sponsoring a family by yourself is too large of a financial commitment, consider getting your neighbors, small group, coworkers, friends/family. Want to involve your children? Ask their coach or club leader if they might want to sponsor a family together.
Financially Donate Towards Sponsoring a Family:
Providing a monetary donations is less personal, but may be needed to fill the gaps and to provide for our larger families. With these monetary donations we will purchases gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl's and grocery gift cards (Safeway, Weis, Harris Teeter) in $25 increments.
You can donate monetary and gift card donations by sending them to Faith Connections, Inc. P.O. Box 28, Damascus, MD 20872, a registered 501c3 organization.
Thank you again for helping to care for and provide for these families.
Your Phone Number:
If you are the contact person for a sponsoring organization, church, or business, etc. please list the organization name:
Have you or your organization participated in the Holiday Giving Project before?
How many families are you or your organization willing to sponsor?
Preferred zip code (we will do our best to accommodate):
20872 (North of Brink Road)
Preferred family size (if you are an organization taking multiple families, we will do our best to give a range of sizes, select "No Preference"):
Any other information we need to know:
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