The holiday season is a time of family gatherings and gift giving, festive decorations, and wishes for peace and goodwill. However, not every family can enjoy this special time of year.
Many of the families we serve at The Open Link are facing hardships that make it increasingly difficult for them to make ends meet, especially around the holidays. As a result, parents are left feeling guilty because they cannot afford something special for their children and children feeling sad because the excitement of the holiday skips their home. It doesn’t have to be this way. The Open Link offers two holiday gift programs: Adopt-a-Family and Angel Tags/Christmas Room. Both of these programs help restore the spirit of the holidays to these local families in need.
Each year, The Open Link provides over 500 children with a holiday they will never forget. Thanks to assistance from the community in volunteer and financial support, every single family requesting help received it. This would not have been possible without the support of generous and caring community members who sponsored families or purchased items from Angel Tags. Thank you!
For this program, sponsors volunteer to “adopt” a child for the holiday season. The family requesting assistance provides a “Wish List” for each child of much-needed items, such as clothing, warm blankets, gift cards, and of course…toys. Sponsors can be as creative and generous as their time and resources allow. If you or your group is interested in sponsoring a family for the holiday season, please contact Laura at (215) 679-4112 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in need of assistance this holiday season, please contact Laura at (215) 679-4112 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Participants in The Open Link’s Adopt-a-Family program cannot be participating in another agency’s Holiday Program.
Christmas Room/Angel Tag Program
The Open Link’s Angel Tag program provides an opportunity to purchase a needed item for our Christmas Room. Caring individuals select one or more of the tags available at various locations, purchase the gift from the tag and return the unwrapped gifts to The Open Link. These items are then used to stock our Christmas Room throughout the month of December, allowing us to help every child whose family has requested help for the holidays! In addition to items from the Angel Tags, new toys and gifts for children of all ages are always appreciated to help keep the Christmas Room stocked!
These items are currently needed in our Christmas Room: Gift Ideas – Teen
Look for our Angel Tags at the following locations:
- Redners (located in Red Hill)
- St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (located in Pennsburg)
- Univest (East Greenville location)
- The Center at The Open Link (located in East Greenville)
- Perkiomen Valley Dental (located in Pennsburg)
For more information about these programs, please contact Laura at (215) 679-4112 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Ways to Give at the Holidays
- Gift wrap supplies: wrapping paper, tape, gift tags
- Stocking stuffers
- Gift cards to local stores and restaurants
- New winter items: hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
- Give the gift of your time and talents by volunteering for a program that gives back all year long. Volunteer opportunities include Meals on Wheels, Transportation Assistance Program, Food Pantry, Office Support, and tutoring HSE (high school equivalency) students.