Success of the SOS holiday campaign | To free
Another year has passed. Once again, we have faced many challenges as a community in the midst of this pandemic, businesses are grappling with staff shortages, disease has plagued our households, money is tight and the weight of stress. extra is heavy. We are grateful for one thing that has not changed over the past year: our community’s outpouring of generosity to those in need of our help.
Sadly, it is not surprising that an increase in violence also surfaced during this time, as victims came to us for help and services. I am happy to share that this Christmas we were able to offer gifts to 51 adults and 109 children who use our services because they have been affected by violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse or neglect). For comparison, this is an increase of 45 people from last year. Thanks to our caring community, these 160 people in our service area were able to enjoy new coats, hats, gloves, shoes, bedding, bath towels, toys and more! Some of these families are starting from scratch in a new location for added safety, and we were able to provide them with essential household items like a microwave, vacuum cleaner and dishes to help them on their new beginnings. There were tears of joy, children overflowing with excitement, and many hugs of gratitude and disbelief for the kindness of these anonymous donors.
Here are some reactions:
“To my SOS Santa Claus Christmas, I want to say thank you. I expected presents for my kid, but I didn’t think I would get anything other than pajamas or something. When I opened this beautiful bedding, I couldn’t believe it. Like a magazine bedding! I pulled it out, put it on my bed, and crawled inside. I told my daughter that it must be what it was to stay in a fancy hotel, like the Hilton Inn. We now sleep like queens in my magazine bed. That’s so sweet ! How do the sheets even get so soft? I have never had a new bedding set. All my life I haven’t had used sheets or blankets. Thanks forever! “
“Thank you very much for these wonderful gifts! The duvet is so beautiful. I will always remember it
Christmas especially when I see the quilt. Thank you for making this Christmas such a blessing.
“After receiving the gifts that my secret SOS Santa Claus bought for me, I started to cry as I took them away. I didn’t go too far, lol. It’s the best Christmas I’ve had in years! Hope you also have a merry Christmas.
“I am incredulous. It has been so many years since nobody gave me a present and I am very grateful. “
“I had no idea how I was going to give Christmas presents to my children this year. The fact that SOS and strangers who don’t know me care enough about giving my children and myself a good Christmas is a dream come true.
In addition to the holiday campaign, our dear friends, Mark and Angie Schreiber, have offered to donate $ 10,000 to our Hope Lives appeal. We are happy to announce that with their help, we have received almost $ 40,000. These are critical funds that support the resources of our staff and clients for the coming year where there are gaps in our grant funding. We are so grateful!
We are extremely grateful for the support of our friends in the community and the courageous trust of our clients who seek safety and guidance. May the coming year bring you much joy and peace!
SOS is a non-profit agency that helps children and adults who are victims of sexual and domestic violence, child abuse or neglect. SOS serves five counties in east-central Kansas, including Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Morris and Osage. For more information about SOS and its services, please call 620-343-8799 or visit www.soskansas.com.