Inter-Faith seeks holiday sponsors

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Inter-Faith Community Services sent out an appeal for sponsors to provide Christmas gifts for needy families and seniors.

“Our goal is to provide gifts to 650 families and seniors,” said Maria Pearson, Inter-faith community relations director. “Right now, we need sponsors for 193 families and 24 seniors in order to reach our goal.”

The annual Inter-Faith program is to help needy families and seniors have a nicer holiday by providing gifts to go under the Christmas tree.

However, like so many charitable organizations, Inter-Faith has seen the requests for assistance steadily increase while, at the same time, donations and the number of sponsors for projects like the Christmas program have declined.

But there is still time to help Inter-Faith reach its goal.

The system is simple. Each sponsor is provided with a profile of a family that includes name, age, clothing sizes, favorite colors and requested gifts. The sponsor also usually provides a supermarket gift certificate to enable the family to buy the ingredients to cook a holiday meal.

“Typically, sponsors spend an average of $50 per family member,” Pearson said. “The sponsor can select the family to help. The families on our list range from a single parent with one child to a family that is the parents and seven or eight children.”

The sponsors bring the gifts to the Inter-Faith office at 3370 S. Irving St. for distribution to the families. The goal is to have all the gifts distributed by Dec. 13.

Pearson said people can provide cash donations if they are busy and do not have time to do all the shopping. She said the organization has some and the cash donations will be provided to super shoppers who enjoy helping the project by taking the list and hitting the stores looking for the best gifts for the money.

For information about the holiday gift program or to be a sponsor, call Pearson at 303-789-0501.