It's that time of the year again –
Our Annual Holiday Drive Has Begun!
We need your help!
The stress of the holiday season can often bring additional challenges for families and individuals who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or neglect. This year, COVID-19 has caused additional hardship for these victims who are trying to heal and rebuild. SOS hopes to help make the holidays a little brighter by partnering with community members willing to “adopt” a family/individual by providing basic needs and gifts.
Who will I be helping?
Families/individuals are eligible to complete a wish list if they have worked with SOS consistently in the last three months and do not qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army. This process is completely confidential to keep our clients and their families safe. Anyone is eligible to be matched with a family/individual to help provide gifts.
What is the process?
When you choose to adopt a family, you will receive a copy of the “wish list” they have filled out with the help of their SOS advocate. The list will include their basic needs, genders, ages, sizes and some of their favorite things. If you feel we have found you a good match then you can begin your Holiday Shopping.
Due to COVID-19, we are trying to limit walk-in traffic into our building and we have had to make some adjustments to staff hours so we are requesting that you please let us know in advance when you would like to make a delivery so we can ensure we have someone available to help you. Please schedule an appointment to drop off unwrapped gifts between 8am – 4:00pm (Monday-Friday) prior to December 16th at the SOS Administrative Office located at 618 Mechanic in Emporia. We are in the process of preparing to move to our new location so we will need donations to arrive as soon as possible to ensure we can get them to families prior to Christmas.
What are examples of basic needs?
Some of the basic needs that we try to provide for all of our clients would include a winter coat, hat, gloves, clothing and shoes (as needed). Some of the larger items that our clients might need would include bedding, towels, small appliances, pots and pans, hygiene items, and gift cards for food/gas. If there is a baby or small child, they might need a car seat or portable crib.
Do you accept toys?
Yes, in addition to the basic needs, we love to provide new toys, books, jewelry, and other non-essential gifts to really help make their holiday special.
Are there other ways to help?
Yes, we have families of all sizes and needs, but if adopting a family is not the right fit for you there are other ways to help including:
Purchase a gift for our CASA kids with a gift from One Simple Wish
Donate Gas Cards, Gift Cards for Grocery/Restaurants, New Toys for all ages, Monetary Donations, New Winter Coats
Purchase an item off of our SOS Christmas List
Participate in the KVOE Mitten Tree Drive
Can I donate money instead of shopping for gifts myself?
You may also make a donation by mailing a check made payable to SOS to PO Box 1191 Emporia. Please write Holiday Drive in the memo field so we can be sure to use your donation towards our Holiday Drive.
I want to help! What is the next step?
If you are interested in adopting a family/individual or wish to donate money for gifts this holiday season- simply email with the details below or call us at 620-343-8799.
Your Name or Organization’s Name: _______________________
Contact Person: _______________________
Email Address: ________________________
Phone Number: ______________________
Parent & _____ child/children
Children only: _____ child/children
Adult only: _____ adult/adults
Any other preferences can be listed here: _______________________
_______ I prefer not to select a family/individual, but I would still like to provide generic gifts, gifts cards, money, etc. for the SOS families/individuals that need help this holiday.
Thank you for helping our friends and neighbors in need this holiday!
For questions, please contact us at 620-343-8799 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.