XMas 4 Kids




 

Dear Friends and Family:

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As we begin preparing for the holiday season I cannot help but think back to the first Christmas my father was behind bars. I was six years old and my siblings were four, two and a newborn baby. My mother was unemployed and we often did not know where our next meal was coming from. I knew better than to expect anything for Christmas. The kids at school were talking about family holiday plans and lists for Santa, and I was wondering when our lights would be turned on again. We went through the same routine for the next five years.

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I would never wish that sadness upon anyone, and certainly not a child.

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This December thousands of children will visit a parent at one of our 13 programs throughout the State. The families will enjoy a nice meal together, take photos with Santa and spend the day playing games and enjoying each other’s company. At the end of the day, each child will leave with a brand new wrapped Christmas gift. As you can imagine, for many of these children, this is the ONLY gift they will receive and the only holiday celebration they will experience.

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Unifying the family and helping them to create happier memories is very important to me having my own experience as a child. WE NEED YOUR HELP to ensure Christmas Family Day is very special for every family who walks through our doors. Every dime of your donation will be used to provide gifts and holiday celebrations for the children.

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There are different ways you can help:

  1. You can donate on line or send a check made payable to Bridges International to the address below. Please note Christmas for Kids in the memo line; or
  2. You can make a donation of gift cards, tickets to a show or park and/or a basket to be included in a raffle to help raise money for this cause.

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Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”

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Thank you for helping those who need it most at this very difficult time of year for many.

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God Bless.

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Lori Sig XMas 4 Kids

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Lori Costantino-Brown President

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If you have any questions about this project, contact Diana Larsen or the Chaplain at the facility nearest you.

Bridges International — Christmas for Kids, 2145 Metrocenter Blvd., Suite 350, Orlando, FL 32835

Bridges of America, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3); FEIN 59-2773629