Christmas Cheer For ESCADV

$1,550 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 16 months
In 2014, I was experiencing my regular 'bah-humbug' feelings about the holidays. I didn't want to be part of the big consumer Christmas. I wanted my holiday efforts to be meaningful. I started making Freedom Starter Kits for our local domestic violence shelter. Each contained shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a comb and feminine hygiene products. I started with four. By the time I delivered them, there were over a hundred complete kits and car loads of other necessary supplies for the daily operations of the shelter. I couldn’t have been prouder of our community for jumping on board and pitching it to create this Christmas miracle.
With the starter kits, we pretty much had the shelter stocked up on hygiene items to last for quite some time. When the holiday season rolled around the next year, I asked what we could do to help. That’s when we started the Christmas Cheer Drive. They provide the wish lists of their residence and we all pull together to help make this the best holiday season ever to what has probably been the worst year of their life.
We call ourselves the Freedom Starters, after that first year of the Freedom Kits. I have a trusted sidekick, Leesa Kelly, who helps me with key decision and most importantly I have all of you guys. Good people of the Eastern Shore, (all of you from heres, been heres and come heres), who make the magic happen.

Shop from the gift lists – I try to keep it as updated as possible. Please drop unwrapped items off at the drop zones (soon to be announced)

Donate here on GoFundMe – Money donated here will go towards getting gifts for the residents. If we fulfill all wishes, then we will use any additional funds for supplies to keep the shelter running.
Donate in person – Donate at any of our drop zones (soon to be announced). Cash and Walmart gift card donations will go towards getting gifts for the residents. If we fulfill all wishes, then we will use any additional funds for supplies to keep the shelter running. Check donations made out to ESCADV will be given directly to the shelter.
Thank you guys! Leesa and I agree, this project makes Christmas really feel like Christmas to us. The holiday season is about unselfish giving and we do it every year with this Christmas drive and other like charities.
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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Now that Christmas morning is behind us and I'm sure all presents everywhere have been unwrapped.... I want to recap what you made possible this year!

At least one outfit for ALL the moms!
Coats for All the moms!
Shoes for all but one mom (shoe size was unknown to us)
Gift cards for all the moms - each were at least $80 or more
Wish list items for all moms - including but not limited to a laptop for a mom is pursuing a higher education, housewarming gifts for a mom transitioning out of the shelter such as crockpot, vacuum, bathroom supplies.

At least two outfits for ALL children on the list!
Coats/jackets for all but two children on the list!
Shoes for all children but one (size not listed)
Bikes! Not one bike, not two bikes - but two bikes and two tricycles!
Tablets for all five children that requested them!
The most amazing leggo collection ever!
Lots of transformers!
Barbies (even a mermaid Barbie!), an American girl doll, baby dolls and lots of other dolls.
Footballs for all who asked (and a collection of Steelers paraphernalia)
A fishing for beginners kit - complete with rod-n-reel, tackle goodies, a cooler and a gift card for bait.
Coloring books
Crafting supplies
Princess items
Board games
Kitchen toys!

And..... most importantly - you guys sent these families hope and joy! You all are rock stars! Thank you so much for your ongoing support of this project.

Carry on with your holiday celebrations! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

PS - you can find our new permanent Facebook page here!
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Hello everyone! Delivery day is fast approaching! If anyone would like the donation form from ESCADV so you can claim your donation on your taxes - please send me a message with your email address and I will send that to you. Thank you!
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Thank you, everyone! The GoFundMe account is now closed for donations.
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FANTASTIC NEWS, FREEDOM FIGHTERS! We have reached our second goal of $750 ... what do you say? Should we bump it up? New goal $1000!

It's always the last week that things really pick up during this fundraiser. I don't know why I worry so much in those first few weeks. I just know that this bit of hope we give these families right now will help power them through to a better life.
Here we go!
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