50°FOvercastFull Forecast

We Care of Grundy County helps local kids get Christmas gifts

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
(Photo provided)
We Care volunteers Jen Surber (left) and Norma Limbach (right) set up the toys donated to We Care during the Christmas season to give to children in need. Surber and Limbach have set up the Christmas toy distribution at We Care and helped the agency's clients choose their gifts for at least the past six years.

MORRIS – We Care of Grundy County announced Thursday that 706 children from 287 low-income families will have gifts under the tree this Christmas thanks to 93 organizations and individuals throughout Grundy County.

In 2012, 754 children from 332 families received help for Christmas, according to a news release from the organization.

“The task of caring for Grundy County families in need at Christmas is too large for any organization to handle alone,” Denise Gaska, executive director of We Care, said in the news release. “But when each organization and individual takes care of the number of families they can comfortably manage with their time and resources, we can succeed in accomplishing our common Christmas mission – making sure that every child has at least one gift under the tree on Christmas morning.”

The annual “Adopt-A-Family” program invites families in need to apply for assistance with Christmas gifts for their children and food for a holiday meal. Families fill out an application and provide We Care with proof of residency and of their income for the previous 30 days, according to the news release.

Eligible families are placed in the pool of families available for “adoption” by organizations and individuals who want to help those in need.

The following organizations took part this year in adopting a family: American Styrenics, Aux Sable, Braceville United Methodist Church, Church of Hope, Coal City Food Pantry, Corleone’s, Costco, Exelon – Dresden, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist Church, Girl Scouts, Gleaners Life Insurance – Sulpher Springs, Grace Lutheran Church, Grundy Area Vocational Center, Grundy Bank, Immaculate Conception Church, Kiwanis Club of Morris, Mazon Verona Kinsman Food Pantry, Minooka United Methodist Church/St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Morris Hospital Employees, Morris Lions Club, New Community Christian Church, Operation St. Nick, Pam’s Academy of Dance, Peace Lutheran Church, Toys for Tots/We Care, Wal-Mart, West Lisbon Church, White Oak Elementary School’s fourth-grade class, and Brian Zabel & Associates.

There also were 63 families who received help with just food; Bethlehem Lutheran Church provided food for 12 of those families, the rest were served by We Care.

We Care is a nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to Grundy County residents in the form of food, rent, and assistance with utilities and prescriptions.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Morris Daily Herald.