Christmas Fund for Local Families

$1,315 of $2,215 goal

Raised by 7 people in 5 months
UPDATE! We now have ELEVEN families and a total of 17 children 12 and under and also including 5teens ranging from 13-17 and 10 women and 8 men. ALL parents are working parents who cannot afford Christmas as they are barely scraping by to pay bills and buy groceries. Two families out of the 10 use food stamps, but the rest do not qualify for assistance. We need help with this BADLY this year!!

One family out of the 10 has been taken care of entirely! Thanks to E for taking them this year!! Such a blessing!!

If you live locally and can donate things other than money, we have a great need for the following:
Christmas trees and ornaments
Stocking Stuffers
Household cleaning supplies
Dog and cat food/treats/toys and blankets
Gift baskets for the parents
Books for all ages

If you are not local but can ship items, please contact me (Angela Caito) and I will provide a shipping address to you. You can find me on Facebook on my personal page or on my fan page at:  https://www.facebook.com/angelacaitowriting/

Thank you to all who assist with the fundraiser this season!!
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I've had a few people "adopt" full families but there are still many gifts to buy for the rest of the families on the list. I currently still need to raise at least $1500 more to be able to do this! PLEASE help if you are able to do so.

We also need pet supplies such as bedding, dog and cat food, sweaters and chew toys and cat toys. If you can help with that, please let me know ASAP.

If you want to ship items, please comment to let me know and I will get the shipping address to you!

Thanks to those who have helped with this and who will help as the days go by!
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You may have seen me post on my page about the Christmas fundraiser and this is the 4th year I’ve chosen families to help at Christmas. All families have kids and all families have parents who work. They pay their bills but have zero money left to buy anything for Christmas. I personally was in their exact position in 2013 and when a few friends helped me, I swore I would help others when I could. At Christmas time, every penny I make outside of regular bills and my own kids Christmas goes towards the families.

I work hard to ensure the families chosen will have a great Christmas. I planned to choose a total of 5 families this year, but found it difficult to narrow the list down as I had so many families in need, so I ended up choosing 10 and then added one more just a few days ago when an old classmate messaged me because she needed help personally after a divorce. THREE families have been taken care of, but I still have 8 to go! The families are all local to me in TN and I have met each family to make sure they truly need help this Christmas.

I’m literally to the point of begging my friends to help this year. Usually by this time of year, almost everything has been taken care of, but for some reason this year, things are slower than normal. I need help with this.

I still need to raise close to $4000 to be able to fulfill everything on the wish lists as well as clothing, grocery gift cards and even pet supplies for the few families who have pets.

I also need Christmas trees (I still need 6 more fake trees, and these can be used as long as they are still in good shape!) and ornaments or lights if the trees are not pre-lit and stockings and stocking stuffers, household cleaning supplies, gift baskets and books for all ages!

If you can help, please let me know. You can donate to the gofundme page or I also have a Facebook fundraiser set up on my profile page. I can stop by locally (Elizabethton or Johnson City) to pick up a check or cash or material items on the list! If you live out of town, I’ll send my shipping address.

Even a small donation will help! If 400 friends donated $10..or 200 donated $20..I would meet my goal and have everyone taken care of this year!

Thanks in advance to anyone who is able to help with this in any way at all!
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Science Hill friends..I added a new family to the list earlier this evening and while I will not say who they are, I will let you all know that this family is someone we went to school with and that no less than 100 of my friends know her. She is a single parent with 2 kids and she busts her butt at work but just cannot afford Christmas this year at all. PLEASE donate if you possibly can because I am telling you, this family as well as the others are ALL families that many of us know and see daily and they need some help here!
Another WHOLE FAMILY was just picked up by a twitter fan!! He picked up the single dad and his son because he too is a single dad with a son! I really do have some pretty awesome people in my life! That means there are only 8 more families to go now!!
I have such awesome friends! A care package filled with soaps and tiny shampoos as well as a few bags of toilet paper, some hats and gloves and scarves along with some coffee's and teas were delivered earlier to my house for the families!!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH Beth!!
So as you see..If you do not want to donate cash..WE CAN ALWAYS USE MATERIAL ITEMS!!
Can anyone possibly donate just $10? Or $20? You can use debit or credit or even PayPal with this!! I can also pick up cash or checks locally OR you can mail a check! (I'll send you my address if you want to mail a check or if you want to mail gifts/clothing or other items to help!!)..I want to thank those who have helped so far..You are all amazing!!
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