House of Hope’s Holiday Program is All Wrapped Up
Thanks to bighearted House of Hope supporters, the agency has successfully distributed cherished presents to 168 Martin County children. House of Hope’s Holiday Program provides the children of enrolled clients the opportunity to celebrate Christmas while their families strive to overcome hunger and hardship. With Martin County’s under-resourced population facing ongoing affordable housing challenges and rising costs of living, the growing need for services in Martin County relies heavily upon public and corporate support.
The agency’s Holiday Program enrollment begins in late September when eligible families are enrolled and the children’s wish lists are collected. Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment) staff then matches the children with generous donors who anonymously “adopt” them by providing gifts including their requested items and oftentimes a few extra surprises. Requests range from coveted dolls and art supplies to bicycles and remote control cars and everything in between, and the Holiday Program’s benefactors eagerly step up to the task.
Without the charitable support given each year by so many local individuals, organizations and businesses, these children would have little, if anything, to unwrap on Christmas morning. Along with special presents, House of Hope distributed donated turkeys, hams and side dishes so that households enrolled in the agency’s Client Choice pantry program may enjoy a traditional holiday meal.
For over two decades, Mariner Sands Country Club has supported House of Hope’s Holiday Program by adopting hundreds of Martin County children. This year, the philanthropic community adopted 80 children, providing hundreds of gifts and 30 brand-new bicycles. Additional generous Holiday Program contributors included R.V. Johnson, Ground Floor Farm, Mate Series, Dennis Ashley, Once Upon a Child, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, John & Laurie Leonard of Warfield Investments LLC, Stuart Insurance, Coastal Life Church, Tami Karol Insurance, Martin’s Crossing, The Blue Tee Boys, US Sugar, Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge, The Firefly Group, AmVets Post 14, and several family and individual donors.
House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri, remarked, “This is a busy time of year for everyone and having so many individuals and businesses take the time to think about and be generous to their neighbors is a testament to the kind of community Martin County is. It seems that each year the need grows and the response grows along with it and because of this, 168 local children have something very special under their trees and traditional holiday meals on their tables this December.”
House of Hope makes it easy for businesses and civic groups to conduct food and supply drives for residents throughout the year. For more information, visit hohmartin.org or contact Chelsea Paine at (772) 286-4673 ext. 1002