Families experience hope and reassurance when they can share the joy of Christmas with their family without worry, thanks to the donations from our generous community through United Way of Perry County's "Holiday Helpers United" program.
"Holiday Helpers United"
is a Christmas Assistance Program, that involves many partners in our county, that is available to families in need in Perry County. Applicants must be referred by one of our partners who can verify a family's need for assistance. Our referring partners are: Perry County Department of Child Services caseworkers; Perry County FSSA caseworker; Perry Central Schools (Jackie Colucci & Kelly Cash); William Tell Elementary (Sally Wolfe & Stacy Fleck); Tell City Jr-Sr. High School (Cindia Ress & Jennifer Chestnut); Cannelton Schools (Jane Hayden); Lincoln Hills Healthy Familes caseworkers; Perry County Head Start and Early Head Start teachers; Perry County WIC nurse; and Catholic Charities.
The program provides gifts valued at about $50 to every child approved for the program. Children birth to age 18 (as long as they are currently enrolled in school) of families in needs are eligible for the program. A child's information is put on "Angel" Trees at Old National Bank, Fifth Third Bank, German American Bank and at Wal-Mart. Angels are chosen at these locations or can be "adopted" before going on the trees by calling Rebecca Fenn at the United Way office at 812.547.2577, BEFORE the week of Thanksgiving. All gifts are donated by the public. Monetary donations may be made to "Holiday Helpers United" and mailed to UWPC at P.O. Box 73, Tell City, IN 47586 to help us purchase gifts for the "angels" who do not get "adopted." Gifts are distributed in early to mid December in several locations: Old National Bank, Perry Central School, William Tell Elementary and at the United Way office. Postcards are sent to applicants to let them know where their pick up location will be.
Donations of new toys may be made to our partners at Toys for Tots in the boxes located in various stores throughout the county during the Christmas season. Toys for Tots gives these toys to UWPC to fill the "angel" requests of the un-adopted children. New toy donations may be made directly to UWPC also.
Coats, mittens/gloves, hats, and blankets are collected and distributed by our partners at Catholic Charities. Contact Joan Hess at 812.547.0903 or via e-mail to donate used or new coats, mittens/gloves, hats, or blankets.
Christmas Food baskets are provided by our partners in the Tell City Kiwanis Club. Referrals are made for the program by the Tell City Housing Authority, Cannelton Cottonmill Apartment staff, Can-Do Apartment staff, Lincoln Hills Elderly Housing staff, and Golden Year Apartments staff. Those needing food assistance may also sign up for a basket by calling the United Way of Perry County office at 812.547.2577 after Thanksgiving.
Thanskgiving meals are provided by Evangelical United Church of Christ. Meals may be enjoyed with others at the Fellowship Hall on Thanksgiving or can be delivered by calling 812.547.7059 before Thanksgiving.
Volunteers are always welcomed by United Way at this time of year to help sort the gifts or to shop for toys for children. If your group is interested in donating time to help sort or shop, please contact Rebecca Fenn by mid November to be put on the schedule.