SOS is working to make the holidays a little brighter for some local families through their annual Holiday Drive. Each winter, SOS helps to collect basic needs and gifts for clients and their families prior to Christmas while keeping the client and family’s identities completely confidential. Clients are adults or children who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse or neglect.
The stress of the holiday season can often bring additional challenges for families and individuals who need SOS services as they are trying to heal from trauma and rebuild their lives. SOS works to relieve some of the stress of the holidays by partnering with local community members who “adopt” a family or individual by purchasing gifts from their wish list. Thanks to the generosity of the community, SOS was able to provide 128 individuals with gifts in 2022.
Some of the basic needs given might include a winter coat, hygiene items, clothing, and shoes. Some clients had to leave their homes with nothing or almost nothing and are starting over in a new location. In these situations, they might need some larger items including bedding, towels, small appliances, pots and pans, and gift cards for food and gas. If there is a baby or small child, they might need diapers, a car seat, or portable crib. Donors can also go beyond giving the basic necessities by giving toys and other gifts that the client would enjoy.
Community members, businesses, organizations, classes, and other groups are welcome to “adopt” an individual or family. If adopting isn’t an option this year, there are other ways to help clients and support SOS programs at soskansas.com/wishlist.
For more information, go to www.soskansas.com/holidaydrive or email email@example.com or call 620-343-8799 to adopt a family or request more information.
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