What is the SOS Holiday Drive?
Each winter, SOS helps to collect basic needs and gifts for our clients and their families prior to Christmas. Our clients are adults and children who have experienced sexual or domestic violence, child abuse or neglect. Thanks to the generosity of our community, SOS was able to provide 137 individuals with gifts last year!
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 gifts from their wish list.
Who will I be helping? SOS clients 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.
What are examples of basic needs? Some of the basic needs might include a winter coat, hat, gloves, hygiene items, clothing and shoes. Some of the larger items that our clients might need include bedding, towels, small appliances, pots and pans, and gift cards for food/gas. If there is a baby or small child, they might need a car seat or portable crib.
What if I can't afford to provide for an entire family or I am unable to go shopping? We have families of all sizes, including some individuals, that need help this holiday season. If a wish list is not the right fit for you there are other ways to help including: Gas Cards, Gift Cards for Grocery or Restaurants, Toys for all ages, Monetary Donations, or Winter Coats for all sizes that we can distribute to our clients.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-343-8799. For more information, you can visit our website: www.soskansas.com/holidaydrive.