“She was literally speechless, but tears were streaming down her face, so I just hugged her and told her a lot of people really do care”

Shoe box Christmas gifts for area shelters and ER's: Christmas Care Nov. 18 - Dec. 9

Published Friday, October 30, 2015

WEMI 91.9 Appleton/Oshkosh, WEMY 91.5 Green Bay: Starting November 18, 91.9/91.5 The Family’s 18th annual Christmas Care campaign will be collecting Christmas gifts for people in 40 area shelters and emergency rooms. 

Area residents, churches, schools, scout troops, and businesses are encouraged to participate by filling wrapped shoe boxes with NEW gifts like toys, mittens, and candy for someone in need. Wrap the top and bottom separately and put a sticker on top listing age and gender of recipient. Bring gifts to collection sites before December 9. Last year more than 3,000 gifts were distributed to 40 shelters and emergency rooms from Green Bay to Fond du Lac. NOTE: There is always a shortage of gifts for teen boys and adult men.

“One of our residents told me that she was feeling heartbroken and anxious; alone and without family at Christmas, living in a shelter. When we gave her a Christmas Care gift she was literally speechless, but tears were streaming down her face, so I just hugged her and told her that a lot of people really do care about her. She said she hadn’t received a gift from anyone for about 5 years.” Ann, Homeless Connections

Emergency rooms serve people that area crisis agencies might not; elderly people living alone in poverty, children without socks or underclothes, people living on the streets. Caregivers by nature, ER staff say that they love Christmas Care because it gives them the opportunity to offer more than a pill or a listening ear to someone in need.

“A gentleman came in to the Emergency Department today. After he’d been here a few hours, I gave him a Christmas Care gift. He started crying and stated ‘Thank you, this is the first gift I’ve received in years; I’m a farmer, and I’m single.’ He was so grateful.”   - Bellin Hospital

Collection Sites: Festival Foods Stores, Pet Supplies ‘Plus’ in Appleton, Culver's Frozen Custard of Darboy & Little Chute, and the studios of 91.9/91.5 The Family. For more information including a list of suggested gifts, visit thefamily.net or The Family studios 800-236-9364. Sponsored by 91.9/91.5 together with Fox 11, Festival Foods, Thrivent Financial, Culver’s of Darboy & Little Chute, Pet Supplies ‘Plus’.

Recipient Agencies & Programs

FOX CITIES: COTS Pioneer Haven Transitional Shelters for Men and Women, Circles of Support, Homeless Connections (formerly Emerg. Shltr. Fox Valley), Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Harbor House, Housing Partnership, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Theda Clark Medical Center, Villa Hope

CHILTON: Calumet Memorial Medical Center, Salvation Army        

OSHKOSH: Aurora Medical Center, Christine Ann Center, Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, Mercy Medical Center, Salvation Army

FOND DU LAC: Agnesian Health Care, Beacon House, Salvation Army, Solutions Center Men’s and Women’s Shelters

GREEN BAY: Aurora Bay Care, Bellin Hospital, Freedom House, House of Hope, NEW Community Shelter, Salvation Army, St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital

MANITOWOC: Domestic Violence Cntr of Manitowoc Cty., Holy Family Memorial Hospital, Salvation Army  

NEW LONDON: New London Medical Center

OCONTO: Oconto Hospital (Bellin)

OCONTO FALLS: Community Memorial Hospital

RIPON: Ripon Medical Center

SEYMOUR: Salvation Army Extension

SHAWANO: Shawano Medical Center

TWO RIVERS: Aurora Medical Center, Holy Family Memorial

WAUPACA: Riverside Medical Center

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