91.9/91.5 The Family’s 18th annual ‘Christmas Care’ gift campaign wrapped up with more than 3000 brightly decorated Christmas Care shoe box gifts delivered to 46 local crisis programs and emergency rooms for people in need or in crisis this Christmas.
The event has become a favorite for shelter staff and hospital emergency room workers who watch carefully for clients/patients in crisis or lacking adequate clothing and who clearly need a Christmas Care gift.
“Here in the Emergency Department we see children who come to us in pain. A 4 year old boy came in with significant pain. We presented him with a Christmas Care gift that we thought might be a good match for him. As soon as he opened it started screaming with excitement and talking nonstop, eagerly pulling every piece of fun out of that box while continuously talking about each thing. He loved every single thing that was in that Christmas Care box and was able to sit on the Emergency Dept. cot, forgetting the pain, while he played and waited for treatment. Because of your generosity, I got to see a little boy forget that he was in pain. That gift totally turned his visit around… for both of us!” - Lisa McGee, St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Dept, Fond du Lac.
91.9/91.5 The Family wishes to thank all of the volunteer groups who stepped up to help, as well as everyone who filled a shoe box, inspected, sorted, and delivered them. Thanks also to the crisis agency and hospital staff members who will now use the gifts to provide some much needed comfort and joy to those they serve this Christmas.
Area residents were invited to fill a wrapped shoe box with "something warm, something fun, something useful, and something yummy" for someone in need, to label their gift for the age and gender of the recipient, and to deliver gifts to local collection sites by Dec. 9th. Christmas Care is co-sponsored, in a very active ways, by Fox 11, Culver’s Frozen Custard of Darboy & Little Chute, Festival Foods Stores, Thrivent Financial, and Pet Supplies “Plus” of Appleton. More information about Christmas Care is at www.thefamily.net
Recipient Agencies & Programs
BLACK CREEK: Salvation Army Seymour Extension
FOX CITIES: COTS Pioneer Haven Transitional Shelters for Men and Women, Circles of Support, Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Harbor House, Homeless Connections, Housing Partnership, Salvation Army Fox Cities, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Theda Clark Medical Center, Villa Hope
CHILTON: Calumet Memorial Medical Center
FOND DU LAC: St. Agnes Hospital, Beacon House, New Beginnings, Salvation Army Fond du Lac, 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 Green Bay, St. John the Evangelist Warming Shelter, St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, Villa Hope
MANITOWOC: Domestic Violence Cntr of Manitowoc Cty., Holy Family Memorial Hospital, Salvation Army Manitowoc
OSHKOSH: Aurora Medical Center, Christine Ann Center, Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, Mercy Medical Center, Salvation Army Oshkosh
NEW LONDON: New London Medical Center, BABES New London
OCONTO: Oconto Hospital (Bellin)
OCONTO FALLS: St. Clare Hospital
RIPON: Ripon Medical Center
TWO RIVERS: Aurora Medical Center, Holy Family Memorial
WAUPACA: Foundations for Living, Riverside Medical Center