CHRISTMAS CARING - WELLSPRING LUTHERAN SERVICES
Each fall, Wellspring kicks off its Christmas Caring program — a program that helps ensure hundreds of children and families are able to celebrate the joy of sharing and giving at Christmas. With your help, we will continue sharing this message of hope and love with those we serve.
At Wellspring, we have been assessing the way we do our work throughout the state. For the most part, our staff are working remotely in our child and family division. We have had to find unique ways to adapt our service offerings to meet the needs of the communities in which we serve. Many of the programs and events that we normally have each year have had to be changed, altered or cancelled. One of those programs is our Christmas Caring program.
Last year we made the difficult decision to transition our Christmas Caring program from a traditional gift giving program to gift cards. We felt this transition would benefit the families we serve by both engaging them and empowering them to make decisions for their families. The feedback we received from that change was incredible. Families loved it; and our donors did, too! This year, though, even purchasing gift cards may become a challenge. With many churches and groups still not meeting in person, it would be difficult to manage this program as we have done in the past. With our staff working remotely, it’s more difficult to process the gift cards internally, and distribute them to our clients and families prior to Christmas.
In an effort to keep you and your family safe, we are asking you to consider providing a financial gift to our Christmas Caring program. With your financial gift, we will be able to continue helping families maintain Christmas traditions or begin new ones. We will then purchase gift cards for each program location and establish a single point of contact for distributing them to families. This will significantly reduce risk for you and us, while still spreading the joy of Christmas to people who need Hope this year now more than ever.
We are so thankful for your generous spirit, and your willingness to help give families an opportunity to share in the joyous aspects of Christmas. As we navigate this difficult road ahead, we will certainly be reaching out early next year on how best to move forward once we know what the trajectory of this virus looks like in 2021. Please know that we will work hard to share the stories and photos of how your generous gift impacts the lives of people we serve.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dawn White at Wellspring:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 989-262-7496
On April 1, 2015 the fundraising division of Lutheran Homes of Michigan and Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, joined together to become the Wellspring Lutheran Foundation.
Wellspring Lutheran services is a statewide nonprofit committed to engaging people at every stage of life to help them experience and embrace their God-given potential. It’s work we’ve been doing for more than 125 years. Wellspring helps change lives, build strong families and transform communities through a diverse set of services including: adoption services, affordable housing, assisted living, behavioral health, family preservation, foster care, home care, hospice and grief support, independent living, memory care, parenting support, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and supportive housing for youths. More than 1,100 employees carry out our work statewide, impacting people in more than 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties.
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