Annual Holiday Drive
Contributions to the Helpers Fund Holiday Drive can be made online, using our secure form.
Each year-end, the Helpers Fund conducts its Holiday Drive in order to raise additional funds to assist area individuals and families during the holiday season and into the winter. This enables us to be of help in many ways - winter clothing, food, heating assistance, and emergency payments for other necessities. The total number of people receiving direct assistance from this program does not include the people the Fund assisted through its regular procedures during the year.
The Holiday Drive has been with the Fund from the first year. It has helped between 100 - 130 adults and children each year, with an average number being 103. Each adult is allowed the choice of one clothing item, while children under 17 are allowed four items. In many cases, where the family is facing difficult times, the Fund will also provide additional assistance in the way of food or heating fuel.
For more than 10 years St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Chestertown has been part of the Holiday Drive. The Fund provides the church with slips of paper which indicates the age of the child, the gender, the size and the specific article of clothing as indicated on the Holiday Drive forms. These slips are placed on the Church's Christmas Tree and members of the congregation pick a slip and purchase the items. Each year the number of items requested by the church has increased, and their generosity has certainly increased the success of the program.
For 2018, we have five areas to choose from to make it easier to make a donation. We are attempting to offer more choices for your assistance to more specific areas. For instance, the Fund now supervises the Chestertown Food Pantry and there is an option if you want to direct your donation to that specific service. There is also an option for "Food Assistance" which is in addition to the "Food Pantry." In many cases there is a need for additional food assistance for the holiday; sometimes it is to help the family struggling to make ends meet but their income places them above the poverty line and therefore ineligible for food stamps; or a family in need that has recently moved into the area but has not fulfilled the residency requirements for social services; or the veteran on VA Disability whose monthly food stamps are not enough and needs a helping hand.
Details for the 2018 Holiday Drive are on this site, as well as a form to print and mail with your contribution. Contributions to the Helpers Fund Holiday Drive can also be made online, using our secure form.
The Helpers Fund is a 501(c)3 charity certified by the Internal Revenue Service and governed by the IRS Regulations governing charities. The Fund is incorporated under the laws of New York State's Department of State, and is registered with the New York State Bureau of Charities.
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