Christmass Classroom

Let Christmas THRIVE

Christmas is often a time when children live in paradox, at school they are preparing for Christmas with activities and fun stories. Hearing constant chatter from friends about presents on their wish list. While at home, they know they live in a different reality. With our Christmas program, we’re hoping to reach these children and add some joy to their holiday.

Why did THRIVE start the Let Christmas THRIVE program?

In 2020, THRIVE managed a special relief program that helped Hampton families who were in financial hardship due to COVID-19. Dan Clark, one of THRIVE's financial coaches, noticed during his coaching sessions that the families seeking assistance had no idea how they would provide Christmas presents for their children in the upcoming season.

 

Dan could not stand to see these children go without Christmas presents so he decided to take action. He quickly raised $6,000 with the help of St. John's Charitable Trust and the Peninsula Community Foundation's Children Fund. As a result, THRIVE distributed 80 Shopping Gift Cards to program recipients to allow them to provide the magic of Christmas.

 

What is the goal in 2021?

This Christmas, Dan and the THRIVE team hope to raise $30,000 to provide gift cards for 400 children in our community. This is enough to help every single family with children who received financial assistance from THRIVE in 2021. These families come to THRIVE because they struggle to cover their basic bills. We know that it is an additional challenge to cover the expense of Christmas gifts. With your contribution today we will help these parents deliver Christmas joy to their family.   

What support is needed?​

We are seeking monetary donations to the fund, use the Donate button below or write a check, made payable to "THRIVE Peninsula" and write "Christmas" in the memo line. 

Want to learn more?

Read Dan's letter that he is sending out to community members and friends, inviting them to give.

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