Winter Wishes (formerly Sharing Christmas) was updated to reflect a more inclusive opportunity for our clients from many different racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds. We want to make sure all of our clients feel that they have equal access to our programs.
When you think of the holidays, thoughts may include warm memories of time with family, sharing a spectacular home-cooked meal, and opening gifts.
For many of our friends and neighbors, the holidays mean something entirely different. For many, the winter months carry an additional financial and emotional burden. Children and parents alike go without gifts of any kind. With your help, MOM would like to change that reality for hundreds of families in our service area.
The Winter Wishes program matches donors with hundreds of local families who have successfully registered through MOM. Each family is matched with donors who spend $50 per family member to ensure that they each receive something special.
Donors deliver their gifts directly to the family with whom they have been matched or may drop them off at the MOM office for the family to pick up.
All inquiries will be responded to after October 21. The matching process takes time, so we thank you in advance for your patience.
If you are looking for additional ways you can gift families this season, consider items from our Top Ten Food and Clothing lists. Gifts of new clothing are also always welcome at the Clothing Center.
If you have further questions, please contact our volunteer Winter Wishes Coordinator at 608-826-3415.
A Thank You
"Thank you" from a Winter Wishes Client
"My family received gifts from MOM's Winter Wishes Program this past year. I have never asked for help before, (I have held the same full-time job for over 3 1/2 years). My hours had been cut for over 3 months, due to lack of work at my company.
I was trying to figure out how to buy "any" gifts for my two children this year. I received a letter from MOM asking if we wanted to receive gifts at the holidays, and we graciously accepted.
The family that was matched with us came to our home to deliver our gifts. My high school aged daughter made some hot chocolate for our guests. The donors were so kind and filled with compassion.
They didn't only give us physical gifts. They also gave us the gift of their time (registering, shopping for the perfect gifts and then wrapping them, and delivering the gifts.) Most importantly, the time they took visiting us and bring with them 'Tidings of Great Joy'.
One of my work friends ask me what I like best about the holiday. My answer? "My hot chocolate friends" was my answer.They are the kind of people that inspire hope in my soul. I will be forever grateful. I hope to be able to 'Pay It Forward', someday."
"Thank you" from a Winter Wishes Donor
"My husband and I had the honor of being apart of Suzie and family's Christmas last year. The humble gifts we gave Suzie and her family were pale compared to the gift we received from them. They invited us into their home and graciously entertained us with holiday refreshments. Her son and daughter told us about themselves and their aspirations for the future. Suzie shared with her story and what she wanted her children take away from the experience. Suzie is a wonderful mother and person because she gave us all the true meaning of Christmas.
Thank you for this wonderful program."
- Winter Wishes Donor
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