Sponsors sought for Operation Hope's Hope for the Holidays

Donations are being sought for Operation Hope’s annual Hope for the Holidays program. Hope for the Holidays helps connect local families in need with generous individuals and organizations in the community to provide food and gifts they might otherwise go without.

Operation Hope’s Hope for the Holidays program identifies close to 200 people in need of basic items each year. By “adopting” a family or individual, participants may purchase items from a wish list completed by each of the men, women and children served by Operation Hope. General donations and gift cards to local stores also are welcome. Individuals, families, civic groups and businesses have helped Operation Hope supply thousands of gifts in the past. Sponsors will receive gift lists by Nov. 23.

On-site volunteers also are needed to organize the gift distribution. Children are welcome during the volunteer shifts, but children under 5 should be supervised and kept with parents.

“Every year the families may change but the need does not,” said Carla Miklos, executive director, Operation Hope. “The families who are recipients of your generosity are so grateful for the help. This effort not only brings the true meaning of the holidays to them, but also to our community. By becoming a donor to ‘Hope for the Holidays,’ you will make happy holiday memories possible for the men, women and children who need it most.”

To sponsor a family or individual, or to volunteer to sort and transport gifts, contact Operation Hope Board Member Evie Angel at evieangel@aol.com or Volunteer Program Manager Donna Schmidt at dschmidt@operationhopect.org or 203-292-5588, ext. 207.

For more information, contact Operation Hope, 203-292-5588 or operationhopect.org.