Gift Ideas for FPGNB: Real Help for Real Families
We are always grateful to the people who step forward during the holidays and offer help, support, and donations to Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels. If you are looking for ways to help the families in our program as well as graduate families, we have a few ideas.
Many of us have taken part in a toy drive of some kind. While it is fun to buy toys or games and wrap them up for kids in need, we have a slightly different approach at Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels.
One of the main objectives of our program is to support families as they achieve their independence. We have come up with a way to support this goal during the holiday.
Instead of giving random, pre wrapped presents to the children, we prefer to offer gift cards to parents so that they can pick out the gifts for their children. Let us explain why this is an extra meaningful way to help.
First of all, it gives parents a sense of independence and pride and - frankly - joy to choose the gifts for their kids. We all know the feeling of picking just the right gift, wrapping it up, and waiting with excited anticipation for it to be given and received. This the feeling we want to help facilitate for parents.
Another reason we like to help the parents choose the gifts is that the kids get exactly what they want. A happy kid who has just opened a gift that was personally selected for them and is exactly what they were wishing for creates just the kind of happy moments that we want for everyone during the holidays.
It also gives families a sense of control over their lives. The circumstances that bring families into our program vary widely. There are some common themes, though. Many of the families report feeling a loss of control over their lives. We want to create situations that change that sensation and get them back in control.
To support this project and help our parents give their children a wonderful holiday, CLICK HERE and in the comment section on the donation page, please make a notation that your donation is for FAMILY CELEBRATIONS.
ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNERS FOR GRADUATES
Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels maintains a wishlist on Amazon.com throughout the year. One of the items we’ve recently added to the list is a planner/organizer for our graduate families.
As you probably know, once a family graduates our program, they receive support for at least a year. We help them with planning, budgeting, saving, and organizing.
Our social worker found these planners and is using them with the graduate families in order to help keep them on track in all of these areas. The families that have been utilizing them so far have found them to be very helpful. This would be a wonderful gift and an awesome way to support those who are working so hard to keep it all together.
CLICK HERE For a link to the amazon wish list.
AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM
If you don’t already know about the Amazon smile program, it is super easy to use. This is something that all Amazon users can do.
If you make your purchases through Smile.Amazon.com (which is identical to Amazon.com) they will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. There is no extra cost to you and it is a big help to us! CLICK HERE to find out how to sign up.
We are always grateful for all the ways that you help support Family Promise throughout the year. We hope you and your loved ones are healthy, happy, and warm this Christmas.