I am writing today with disappointing news. As we all heard earlier this week, Philadelphia has understandably implemented new safety measures due to COVID-19. The restrictions have spread across the state and Hoffman Homes announced Monday afternoon that there will be no holiday visits or outings. No families can visit their children at Hoffman and no children can come home for the holidays. Recently one of the other residences had a coronavirus outbreak that prevented the youth from leaving their house even for school and meals at other buildings on site. Personally, the restrictions are very disappointing as we had hoped to have some time together with our daughter during the holidays. Though we will miss this time together, we are grateful for the staff who will be keeping the youth safe during this time.
With this information, I feel it is even more important to provide the requested goodies for the girls in Emmanuel Residence. Many caregivers and parents weren’t planning to mail in Christmas gifts and will have to wait until restrictions relax to be able to celebrate with their family. There are still many youth who do not have anyone from the outside to send in anything. Our contributions will allow them a traditional Christmas morning with goodies to open and this our gift of sharing God’s love and our gifts with them.
- Contributions to this effort can be made through Breeze and I will purchase from the Amazon Wish List that was created with the help of the house manager. When you are in Breeze’s giving page, you can choose Alternative Gift in the drop down. If you are making a donation in honor of someone, leave their name and address in the comment section and I will be sure they are notified.
- Another way to give is by writing a check to Old First with Alternative Gift in the memo line. If there is a person you want to honor with your donation, please include a note with the name and address of that person. I can also send you cards to give to recipients yourself, just let me know.
- You can purchase items directly from our Amazon Wishlist. You can view the items here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1S9QCOFQCUIKA?ref_=wl_share
If there are additional items you want to purchase on your own for the girls at Hoffman Homes, please feel free to have them sent to my home. You can find the address in Breeze.
Please contact me with any questions about our 2020 Alternative Gift program. B.firstname.lastname@example.org