Sponsor a Family Thank You

On behalf of Geauga County Job and Family Services, I want to thank everyone in the Geauga County community who participated in the 2013 Sponsor a Family program. The Sponsor a Family program provides food and gifts for families in need throughout Geauga County during the holiday season. This past holiday season, the program assisted 572 households in Geauga County. This translates to 1,913 people served and includes 1,112 children who received toys and gifts! In addition, approximately 12,000 pounds of food was donated and distributed.

As you can imagine, this is an enormous undertaking. Work actually begins in October and continues until Christmas. Each year, in a spirit of giving, churches, schools, civic groups, businesses, organizations, and individuals “sponsor a family” and provide them with food and gifts for the holidays. This program year, we had 173 sponsors who either sponsored a family or collected food or toys to be distributed. Several hundred volunteers took time out of their busy lives to help us sort, pack, and deliver the food and toys.

This program would simply not exist without the overwhelming generosity of so many residents and professionals from Geauga County and beyond. On behalf of the Sponsor a Family program, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to those of you who I had the pleasure of working with as well as the many nameless and faceless people who worked so hard, in a spirit of kindness, to make this holiday enjoyable for those in Geauga County who are less fortunate.

If you are interested in learning about other ways to help or for volunteer opportunities, please call 440-285-9141.

Sara Shininger

Community Support/Volunteer Coordinator
Geauga County Job and Family Services

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