Christmas is usually a time that is celebrated with family, joy and cheer. You envision children waking up, running to the living room to find presents under a decorated tree. Jumping for joy to see that Santa had been there. Family gathers around to watch each other opening the gifts that adorn the room. It is a magical day!
Unfortunately, that is not every family’s reality.
According to the US Census, nearly 62% of families headed by single moms live in poverty under the poverty line. Imagine if these families are struggling to pay their bills and for their basic life necessities, what it must be like for them around the holidays. The reality is, without programs such as SWFL Santa’s some families would not wake up to run to the living room, they would not find presents under a decorated tree. They are not jumping for joy that Santa had been there. That’s because…he wasn’t!
We know that Christmas doesn’t have to be so bleak. How do we know this? Because we have seen the generosity and giving hearts of our community. Those that have embraced not only our program but others that help so very much during a time that so many desperately need it. Because of this, I know that those children can wake up with the joy that we all remember as a child.
A Mom’s Helping Hand of SWFL is happy to once again offer the SWFL Santa’s program to single parent households in our community.
Here’s how the program works: The majority of the families are families that are part of the single parents support group program ran by A Mom’s Helping Hand. Once all our families have been sponsored, we have opened the adoption process to other single parent households as a way to assist more single parent households in our community during the holiday season. All families are vetted. We explain that the assistance at Christmas time is a one-time assistance program. They can continue to receive help not only at Christmas but throughout the year with the other programs offered by A Mom’s Helping Hand by attending meetings (currently held virtually, and volunteering their time to the organization).
How does SWFL Santa’s program work: Adopter Responsibilities
This holiday season is most certainly going to look much different for many families with our current challenges with COVID-19. A Mom’s Helping Hand of SWFL’s SWFL Santa’s program hopes to make this holiday season possible for these single parent households and we need your help. Will you consider adopting a family and give one more family that perfect Christmas they deserve?
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