Thank you to all the Secret Santas who provide gifts to hundreds in our care each Christmas! While holiday gifts are appreciated, the needs are basic, and exist year round.
During the holiday season, we ask you to become a “Secret Santa Year Round” with a monetary gift that will offer the flexibility to provide gifts and necessities for children in foster care, as well as our clients in other programs, all through the year. (This can even be done on a monthly basis from a checking account or by credit card, or of course as a one-time gift.)
Your gift is an investment in the current and future well-being of a child, several children, or an entire family. Monetary gifts assure that funding is available for what is needed most on any given day, whether that is a haircut, a bed, a summer camp experience, or family counseling. Sometimes it might just mean a special trip to get an ice cream cone that says “I love you and am here for you.”
For these reasons, cash donations are most appreciated and will make a significant difference when it is needed most. Your contribution can be brought or mailed to any of our office locations, given by phone at 618-213-8700 or made online here.
Gifts for under the Christmas tree will still be collected from church groups, organizations and businesses with whom we partner to provide a list of desired and needed items. Please contact Samantha Lappe at 618-213-8717 or Sam.Lappe@caritasfamily.org if you would like to coordinate a group gift collection this Christmas or at any time throughout the year.
Stop by these businesses to see how you can help:
Metro East: Associated Bank – all locations
Effingham: State Farm Insurance, 1901 S. 4th St., Suite 22
Carbondale: Com-Pac International Inc., Rainbow’s End
Harrisburg: Dream Baskets Inc.,
Herrin: Amazon Salon & Tan, Auffenberg Chrysler, Cakes By Ally, Snow Power Unlimited
Marion: Floorscapes by L & P Carpet, Marion Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, The Color Room
Mt. Vernon: Pro Salon and Spa (109 S. 32nd St.) and Agave Restaurant (300 S 44th St.)