Most of us look forward to the holiday season – a time of gift-giving, delicious family meals and warm memories. For some residents of our community, the holidays are a stressful time, with money concerns often dimming the brightness of the season.
Together as a community we believe everyone has the right to celebrate. That’s why we provide holiday assistance to those in need, offering a glimmer of hope through difficult economic times. The Holiday Assistance client guidelines through Operation Sunshine are families must have children living in their residence 13 years and younger and must reside in Oneida or Herkimer County.
Operation Sunshine can help provide toys, hats/gloves, and a holiday meal for your family. If you or someone you know needs assistance this holiday season, you may contact one of these partner agencies in our area:
The Neighborhood Center, Inc.
Catholic Charities of Herkimer
Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties
Salvations Army of Rome
Salvation Army of Utica
Utica Rescue Mission
Local Supporters of Operation Sunshine include:
Toys for Tots – U.S. Marine Corp.
Connected COmmunity Schools
Keeler in the Morning – WBIX 950am
New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss
WUTR ABC / WFXV 33
Not in need this year and want to help us make a difference? Here are some ideas!
‘Adopt’ a Family – Each donor will be provided with a wish list from a local family including specific sizes and gift ideas.
Host a toy drive. Looking to help during the holidays but you’re not sure you want to participate in our ‘adopt’ a family program? This is the perfect option.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:
Jennifer Waite, Director of Group Work at The Neighborhood Center at 315-272-2600, email@example.com