Family Promise of Greater Savannah is helping to ensure that impoverished and homeless families in the area still enjoy a nice Christmas. To facilitate this goal, the local nonprofit is launching its “Giving Tree” initiative with the help of nearby churches. Participating churches will display a Christmas tree in their foyers, lobbies, narthexes or entry ways. Each tree will be adorned with envelopes containing paper ornaments, and written on each ornament is a donation amount of $1 through $100. Anyone who would like to help a family in need this holiday season can select an envelope, open it to reveal their donation amount and then contribute that amount of money to Family Promise. In turn, the organization will use the donations to purchase gifts and food for the families and children who are enrolled in their programs.
Family Promise Executive Director Katrina Bostick said the logic behind her idea for this project is very simple, yet surprising.
“We think ‘The Giving Tree’ is an uncomplicated and easily executed opportunity for local churches and their parishioners to help Savannah families who don’t have a nice holiday to look forward to,” Bostick said. “Those donations will help us ensure that families in need have food, gifts, shelter and other components of a nice holiday.”
Family Promise helps homeless families and those at risk of homelessness to become self-sufficient, secure permanent housing and to provide for themselves in the future. The organization’s holistic approach to the crisis of family homelessness includes programs that address a range of issues affecting low-income families, such as stabilization, training classes, transitional programs, prevention programs and more.
Any church interested in hosting a “Giving Tree” can email Family Promise Executive Director Katrina Bostick at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Family Promise, or to purchase Fall Festival tickets, please visit www.familypromisesavannah.org/ events.