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Creating Hope for the Holidays
 
Imagine losing your minimum wage job two months before Christmas.  You have four children to feed and clothe and you aren't sure if you can keep the lights on much less give your children any kind of Christmas gifts this year.  That's where "Holiday Helpers United" comes in...giving hope to struggling families during the holidays.  It is truly a countywide endeavor and labor of love to give those in need the same sense of love and belonging at Christmas that more affluent members of our community enjoy.  And when a thankful mother returns later in the day (after having picked up gifts for her child) with a coat and a comforter to donate to help others, then that sense of community love has been accomplished and we have reached out our hands to influence that family's life for the better.

The partners of "Holiday Helpers United" started collaborating in 2004 to better serve families in need, prevent duplication of services, and ensure the best use of donated funds and gifts from generous donors here in Perry County.  The number of children that we are able to help changes each year with the needs of our local families.  With our schools reporting more and more children eligible for free and reduced lunches, we know the needs of our community are great.  At the height of the recession, we were serving over 700 children with gifts and food in Perry County.

Our partners are varied.  We engage folks who want to donate money or gifts.  We engage folks who want to conduct coat or blanket drives.  We engage folks who want to help us shop for our angels.  We engage folks who can help us sort gifts.  It is truly a countywide effort, full of many opportunities to help others.  

While our partners change from year to year, this is our list of partners from 2011:  Perry County Div. of Family and Children;  Perry County FSSA Office;  Women, Infant & Children (WIC) program;  Toys for Tots; Old National Bank;  Fifth Third Bank;  German American Bank;  Wal-Mart;  Hilger’s Dry Cleaners; Catholic Charities;  Kiwanis Food Basket Program;  United Way of Perry County;  Lincoln Hills Healthy Families; CVS;  Schwab Corp employees;  Troy Township Trustee;  Crisis Connection;  Branchville Correctional Facility staff & offenders;  Perry County Employees;  TCHS Key Club;  Perry Central Key Club;  C & S employees;  Meggitt Employees;  MuLambda Sorority;  Mu Gamma Sorority;  Staff, students & parents of: Perry Central Schools, Tell City Jr.-Sr. High School, William Tell Elementary, and Cannelton Schools; Perry Central Family Outreach;  Tell City Optimist Club;  Tell City Volunteer Firefighters;  Perry County News; Southern Indiana Resource Solutions;  Daughters of the American Revolution;  4-H Junior Leaders;  Local Bunco Clubs;  Noble’s IGA;  Dollar Tree;  Save-A-Lot;  Orchlens;  Lincoln Hills Elderly Housing;  Can-Do Apartments;  Golden Years;  Tell City Housing Authority;  Cottonmill Apartments;  Shop with a Cop; and  WBKR Christmas Wish.  

We want to thank anyone who ever donated to the "Holiday Helpers United" program whether it was to drop a toy in the Toys for Tot box, gave money to one of the schools or United Way to buy gifts, or adopted an "angel" from our trees.  YOU gave a family hope and reassurance.  YOU gave the gift of yourself to others.  YOU were an example to a struggling family that they too can help others in small ways.  YOU showed what the true gift of Christmas is...love of others before yourself.  Thank you!

 

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Local Girl Scouts volunteer their time to help sort and organize donated items for parents to pick out as stocking stuffers.  

 
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