For the first in a series highlighting giving during the holiday season, CITC presents the annual Christmas Basket program
When CITC Cultural Advisor Ann Lawrence was a little girl in her home village, she spent every Christmas eagerly anticipating her favorite traditions: The annual Christmas program. The food her family and friends would share. The moment she received a bag full of candy meant just for her.
“The Christmas Gathering at CITC reminds me of those childhood days,” Ann shared. “It feels like we’re back home, and I’m sure many of our participants feel the same way. It’s that feeling of community coming together, sharing, and just having fun.”
That atmosphere of community and giving is what compels Ann and her fellow CITC employees to contribute to CITC’s Christmas Basket program, an annual fundraising effort that provides more than 1,400 children from low-income families with gift cards and presents each holiday season.
Thanks to generous donor support, every year hundreds of families are able to purchase gifts for their children using the $25 gift cards they receive through the program. Families also participate in a Holiday Celebration, where they enjoy crafts, games, cultural activities, photos with Santa, and refreshments.
While roughly half of the funding for the Christmas Basket is raised through CITC employee donations, the program is only possible thanks to the contributions of local organizations, businesses, and individuals. Help brighten a family’s holiday this year: 100 percent of your donation will go directly to assist local needy families, and donations of all amounts are welcome and appreciated. For just $25, you can provide a child in need with a $25 gift card. $100 will provide a family with four children one $25 gift card for each child.
And keep an eye out for more Season of Giving stories, along with additional opportunities to donate this holiday season.