Christmas Families Project History

Christmas Families Project – 2018

Newcomers Christmas Family Project committee

Newcomers Christmas Family Project committee

There were 153 happy children last year in Nevada County thanks to all of you, our generous members and volunteers. As you know our group supports Helping Hands Nurturing Center, Women of Worth and the Friendship Club with this program. At the time of this writing, we are 98 percent done with all shopping, wrapping, and delivery. What a year it has been! Beginning with the proceeds of the live and silent auctions totaling $11,284 we were able to increase the dollar amount of the gift cards that we give to each family from $15 to $25. Then the angel factors kicked in – from setting the budget to getting the lists from the agencies, inputting the information, getting that to the shopper coordinators, then on to the shoppers and from there to the wrapping center for wrapping, bagging, tagging and finally delivery to the agencies. And last but certainly not least, the bicycles and scooters were purchased by our Special Needs Committee and assembled by our wonderful group of guys. All of this in a 6-week time span!

Some of our requests this year were interesting to say the least, such as the 11-year-old girl who requested an alto saxophone. We confirmed the need with the agency, and it took off from there.  Since it was above our $80 per child reimbursement for shoppers, this request was turned over to our Special Needs Coordinator who began her hunt for the instrument. When the true cost of the item ($230 to $300) was determined, we decided to ask for help from our members at our Christmas luncheon. Once again our expectations were far exceeded, and your generosity amazed us. We were able to purchase the alto saxophone! In addition, there was a 17-year-old girl who wanted tools for a building project she is working on. Another story was about a 16-year-old girl who requested luggage for an upcoming trip with the school choir to Europe. This will be her very first time out of the country. What an opportunity!

We want to express our sincere thanks for the support we have received, this being our first year at the helm. It has been a great learning experience for sure! We are already looking forward to next year. We also want to let you know that we are always looking for more volunteers, especially in regard to our committee members. If you are interested, please contact either of the CFP Chairs, and we will be happy to talk with you.

As we wrap this season, we already have a list of wrapping supplies we will need for next year such as medium to large gift bags, all sizes of gift boxes and tissue paper. Our hope is that if you are out shopping at some of the after-Christmas sales, you will keep these items in mind. You can bring what you have to the January luncheon. Again, thank you VERY much for your continued support of this wonderful program.

2018 Christmas Families Project – Business Donors

The Special Items Team would like to thank the following businesses for their help with the CFP this year:

1. KMart – Barbara Read, Assistant Manager, for bikes, scooters and helmets for 27 kids

2. JC Penney – Selena Aull, Manager, for a 25% discount off clothing and toys

3. Quietech – Melissa Hannebrink, Owner, for offering to help with computer-related issues

4. The Music Store, 4815 Granite Drive, Rocklin, CA 95677 – Brian and Kevin Gillette, Owners, for their discount on the alto sax purchase.