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Ways Your Company Can Help This Holiday Season

 

 

The Holiday Drive

The Holiday Drive is an opportunity for struggling individuals and families from Northern Kentucky to receive food and gifts for their family during the holiday season.  Individuals and families participating in agency programs will be offered the opportunity to sign-up (complete a Holiday Drive application) for assistance for the holiday season.  Once families sign-up they will be randomly selected for either the Adoption program or the Wish Tree program.

Holiday Drive Adoptions

Adopting a family allows the sponsor to purchase gift items for a specific family.  Sponsors will specify the household size of the family they wish to adopt ~ program families are then randomly selected based on this information.  First names, ages, clothing sizes, and wish ideas are provided to sponsors so they can purchase items of their choice for each member of the household.  Some sponsors also choose to purchase food for the family for their holiday meal, but if not, Brighton Center will provide a holiday food basket for them. 
To adopt a family call Beth Hodge at (859) 491-8303 ext. 2331

Holiday Drive Wish Tree

Sponsoring a Wish Tree entails requesting a specific number of holiday gift “Wish Tree” tags for your church, school, or business.  “Wish Tree” tags are the wish ideas of children pulled directly from Holiday Drive applications.  Sponsors may drop gifts off at the Family Center or request a gift pick gift up.  Once all Wish Tree tag gift items are received and sorted for distribution, families "shop" and select their child(s) gifts.  Each family will also be provided with a food basket for their holiday meal. 
To sponsor a Wish Tree call Jonika Greener at  (859) 491-8303 ext. 2322

Used Toy Sale

Each year Brighton Center sponsors the Used Toy Sale, for young children ages 2 – 12 to “shop” for their friends and siblings.  Used toys & bikes that have been donated to Brighton Center are cleaned and sorted by volunteers throughout the months of November and December.  Toys are priced at 5, 10, and 25 cents so that children can have the experience of actually buying gifts for others.  No child is turned away if they are not able to pay.  Used toy donations are accepted through our Clothing Closet Monday – Friday 8:30 - 5:00 and the first Saturday 10:00am – 1:00p.m.  Battery donations are greatly appreciated to recharge used toys. 
For more information call Mary Decker at  (859) 491-8303 ext. 2309

Volunteer Opportunities

To ensure a successful Holiday Drive we have a critical need for volunteers from December 1st – 19th .  There are many opportunities for individuals and groups to help Brighton Center fulfill the Holiday wishes of others in need including the following: sorting, packaging & distribution of food baskets to families & seniors; assisting families with Adoption gift pick up; sorting, stocking and "shopping" with families through the Wish Tree gift room; set up, staffing, and clean up for our Used Toy Sale. 
For more information or to volunteer please call Sequoya Tolliver at  (859) 491-8303 ext. 2318

Food and Personal Care Donations

Food and personal care donations are greatly needed throughout the entire year.  However, we typically serve more families with these items during the Holiday Season; our Choice Food Pantry serves approximately 527 families/1237 individuals a month.  Food and personal care donations generate the majority of the items provided in our Choice Pantry, but there are times throughout the year that Brighton Center must purchase items to supplement quality choices to families.  The food items we collect for the 900+ Holiday Meal packages include: a ham, canned veggies, canned fruits, box of potatoes and stuffing and a dessert item. Additionally, the Choice Pantry and personal care closet are always in need of the following items:

  • Cereal, Pancake Mix, and Syrup
  • Spaghetti and Pasta Sauce
  • Soups and Crackers
  • Shampoo, Soap, Deodorant
  • Razors and Shaving Cream
  • Baby Diapers (sizes 3,4,5), Wipes
  • Hand Soap, Sanitizer & Lysol Spray or wipes
  • Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken, Vienna Sausages)
  • Canned Fruits/Veggies
  • Peanut Butter
  • Toothpaste, Toothbrushes
  • Toilet paper & cleaning supplies

To organize a food or personal care drive, please call Jenny Wiley at  (859) 491-8303 ext. 2305

Snuggling Seniors

We would like to collect new small blankets for the 208 seniors we provide a holiday food basket to that reside in one of our three Senior Buildings. 
For more information Contact Beth Hodge at  (859) 491-8303 ext. 2331