The holiday season is over, but we aren’t done celebrating quite yet!
The Joy of Giving
Once again our annual Hope for the Holidays event was a huge success. Run by CCA’s Link program, this event provides support and joy to families who need a little help during the holiday season. Each family is matched with one of our incredibly kind and generous sponsors, giving gifts to each member of the household and a grocery store gift card for their holiday celebration.
This was the first year that CCA hosted a Gift Drop Off and Sponsor Appreciation Party. Volunteers, staff, and sponsors helped unload gifts, enjoyed refreshments, and celebrated the holiday merriment while presents filled the CCA office.
After all the gifts were wrapped, Direct Transport donated gift delivery to families all over Oregon and SW Washington. All the gifts brought to the office filled two huge trucks, and that was only a small portion of the gifts delivered by Direct Transport!
CCA Staff and Direct Transport pose for a picture while loading gifts.
Families Say Thank You
This year we were able to brighten the holidays for an incredible 58 families and it wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing sponsors and the almost 1,300 individuals involved! With a very special thank you to Thrivent Mutual Funds for being the presenting sponsor of Hope for the Holidays, as well as the three Thrivent groups that directly sponsored families. We could go on and on about how wonderful this event was but instead we’re sharing some of the kind words we received from family members.
“Oh my word, we were so blessed! The ladies who dropped off all the gifts were the sweetest. We were blown away by all they did for us. Our hearts are forever grateful and blessed. Our kids said this was the best Christmas ever!” -Emilee, mom to Trinity
“I can’t thank you enough for your support. It was so wonderful watching the kids’ faces light up with excitement on Christmas morning! It was a fun Christmas and we hope to give back and pass this on as soon as we are financially able. Going through something like this isn’t easy. Watching your baby get so sick and knowing there is nothing you can do is something no one should experience. It’s people like you who make a world of difference! We are so grateful for your support. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.” -Ellory, mom to Blake
“The blessing of being a part of this program has changed our lives on a daily basis. I could go on and on about how much joy the generosity of our amazing sponsors have brought to our family. We will never forget the difference they made in not just our holiday, but our lives and hearts.” -Tiffany, mom to Logan
“I can’t say thank you enough for blessing our family this holiday season. I know that Christmas is so much more than gifts, but seeing the joy that these presents brought to Miguel and Sofi, after the year that they have been through means so much to me. The experience as a whole reminds me of the generous and compassionate community we live in. This is a Christmas we will remember forever. From our family to yours, thank you again and happy holidays!” -Nicolina, mom to Miguel
Thanks to everyone’s generosity and hard work, families had the comfort of knowing that their children would wake up to presents under the tree! To see more stories from our holiday program, read our other blogs about the joy of giving.