The Holiday Spirit Committee continues to be touched each year by this community’s ongoing generosity. As our population grows, it is especially inspiring to witness old and new neighbors coming together to help one another in a small town way.
Due to current economic conditions, the number of families who requested assistance increased significantly this year. And yet, thanks to your generosity, we were able to help all who needed support: 62 Kaneland families, including 153 children.
Holiday Spirit provided each family with gifts for every child and a food gift card. It would be impossible to share with you the many additional ways our families were blessed by the outpouring of love from strangers. For the hat and mitten trees that collected warmth for little hands and faces, and the 39 precooked holiday meals, we are incredibly grateful.
For the civic groups, churches and classrooms who helped meet the wishes on a child’s Christmas list, we are humbled by your thoughtfulness. For the families that bought presents for a needy family instead of each other, we are inspired by your selflessness. To the groups that sponsored toy drives, stuffed stockings and looked for deals all year long, we thank you.
It is truly amazing to step back and count all the blessings we have in our community. Together, we made a real difference in the lives of hurting area families. Thank you.
Carol Werdin Alfrey, PhD
Associate Executive Director
Conley Outreach Community Services