Lael Bach’s students at Central Middle School (CMS) come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds; the youth advocate, who works at CMS through CITC’s Transitions program, knows some of them won’t have much of a Christmas this year. These are the families she refers to the Christmas Basket program.
The $25 gift cards each of the children in those families will receive “seems like a small amount,” Lael said. “But to a family, that can really make or break it. If that means a simple gift, or possibly contributing toward household expenses — I’ve seen things like household needs being purchased, and that affects the entire family.”
While some families use the gift cards distributed to their children to buy presents, other families choose to buy special food items for their holiday dinner, or to cover basic needs when money is tight. Even before Lael joined the CITC family, she witnessed the unique way in which families were transformed by the Christmas Basket program.
“I was a service provider at another agency, and I heard about Christmas Basket,” she recalled. “That families were given a choice on how to spend the gift card — that’s really important. Families would tell me they were so empowered to be able to choose what was best for them. It makes them stronger. That was exciting to me, to see those families get that confidence.”
You can make a difference in the lives of low-income families this year by donating to CITC’s Christmas Basket program. Just one donation of $25 provides a child from a family in need with a gift card. $100 ensures that four children receive gift cards this holiday.
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