It’s officially the holiday season and we need YOU to help our families celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays. Here are some urgent needs that are simple to fulfill and go a long way this time of year:
Gas/Grocery Cards: Many of our residents have reduced hours and/or wages when businesses close for the holidays. With little to no paid time off and an increase in childcare expenses while schools are out of session, our families often find it hard to make it through the end of the year debt-free. For these reasons, gift cards for gas and groceries are an incredible help, creating needed margin so families can stay on track with their budget.
MARTA/UBER/LYFT cards: One of the requirements for program participation is full-time employment. But did you know that almost 20% of our families don’t have cars? This makes transportation a challenge year-round. Gift cards for alternative transportation fills a huge gap, allowing our residents to serve as reliable employees and earn a consistent income.
Special Family Night Out: Everyone likes to have some fun now and then. That’s why gift cards to affordable restaurants, movie theater tickets, or entertainment destinations are always a welcomed treat for families to enjoy over the holidays. Help a HomeStretch family celebrate the season together in a special way. Ideas include:
Brewster’s Ice Cream
Fill our freezer: We can always use more food in our community freezer. Current needs include:
Bags of chicken tenders, patties, nuggets: boneless skinless or breaded
Frozen pizza, pizza rolls
Family size frozen
Stouffer’s or single portion meals
Frozen waffles and frozen juice cans
Bacon, ground beef, or ground turkey