CARE thinks Christmas in Oct.
Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:31pm admin
Kim Hudecek TPD Staff
CRESCO - The CARE (Communities About Reaching Everyone) Board met last week to prepare for Christmas. That’s right. Christmas. The Christmas Program assists families with children with gifts for the holidays.
Many children are lucky enough to get everything on their Christmas wish list. A new IPad, the next and best gaming system, UGG boots, and if Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa don’t know what to get them, well, there’s always cold hard cash or gift certificates to their favorite store(s).
But for other families, Christmas can be a time of worry and perhaps even choosing to not pay a bill because they want to put something under the Christmas tree for their child or children.
For the Howard County families who struggle to make ends meet, the CARE Christmas Program is there to assist. Current CARE Board members are Kim Hudecek (President), Savana Kriener (Vice-President), Lori Bronner (Treasurer) and Deb Novak (Secretary). They’ve met, chosen dates and are ready to help.
But help for these families isn’t about the board members, it’s about a generous community of churches, civic organizations, businesses, 4-H groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and community members. Without the help of the community, CARE wouldn’t be here for the holidays.
How does it work? Well if a family qualifies for public assistance they qualify for CARE. It’s that simple. A simple prescreen for eligibility will take place. Applications can be picked up from Lori Bronner or Deb Novak at CUSB Bank or simply calling Kim Hudecek at 563-580-3216. Applica-tions are presently being accepted and will be taken until Nov. 3.
“We won’t be able to help families after the cutoff date due to a tight budget,” said one board member. “So, with that being said, if you are a family who needs assistance or know of someone who does, please contact CARE sooner, rather than later.
“Also, if you are going through another agency or church and receive help, you will not be eligible through CARE. This is done strictly to avoid double dipping and potentially depriving another family from help. The cutoff date to accept lists may seem early for some, but we have lots to do after we get those lists. We have to assign the family to a sponsor, get that list on a spreadsheet, make ‘wish list’ tags and get those tags out to the sponsors before that big push . . . Thanksgiving weekend.”
Sponsoring a family can be an undertaking as it isn't just gifts for the children that are bought, it often includes a “family wish item,” as well as personal/laundry/cleaning and paper products. Organiza-tions and churches who have helped in the past will be contacted again and, if there is a new sponsor, CARE would love to have you. Monetary donations are welcome as well.
CARE pick-up weekend is scheduled for Dec. 8-9. Halloween and Thanksgiv-ing haven’t even taken place yet but the CARE Board is hard at work to get everything in place and making Christmas “merry” for families in need.