Yearly there is a magical transformation that happens during the holiday season; beautiful lights, decorated trees, songs of joy and cheer. The holiday phenomenon is entrenched in America’s psyches, yet for many the possibility of a happy holiday season is challenging.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 5,000 of Johnson County’s 37,000 poor persons are children five years of age and under. These children live in households with income below the federal poverty level. The families served at Growing Futures are living at the poverty level, which for a family of three means they can earn no more than $20,090 a year. Imagine making ends meet on $20,090 and then add on the costs of a holiday meal and gifts – for many that’s just not feasible.
For nearly 10 years, we have implemented a Holiday Adoption program asking our community friends to support our families during the holiday season. Our goal is for each family to receive a basket of goodies including school readiness toys, books, puzzles, crayons and basic necessities such as toilet paper and laundry detergent, mittens, hats and more. Each year our community steps up to make the holidays brighter for those in need and this year was no different. Thanks to you, we reached our goal and every family we serve will receive extra support for the holiday season!
Please know that the holidays are not the only time that the children and families we serve need your help – we need you year round. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can support us and the children and families we serve, click here.
From all of us here at Growing Futures, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!