LYDIA HOME 2019
LYDIA Home Gift of Giving 2019
LYDIA Home Gift Cards ($25) and "Wish" Lists
Thank you for donating to LYDIA Home -- we truly appreciate your help!
For the past 11 years, the Central School Community has generously supported Chicago-based charities during the holiday season -- one of them being LYDIA Home. Through our school's donations, this organization has been able to provide many children's gifts for the holiday season.
LYDIA Home, founded as an orphanage in 1916, has become a successful alternative to state-run foster care and family assistance agencies. LYDIA helps troubled families and children, reaching people in diverse communities with a range of services including, residential treatment, foster care, counseling services, Safe Families for Children, Learn & Care Preschool and LYDIA Urban Academy.
LYDIA truly needs your gift cards and donations. They use the gift cards to buy items such as toiletries, linens, pajamas, etc. for the kids throughout the year, not just at the holidays, and teach them about budgeting and prioritizing how they spend their money. Since many of the children do not live with their families, our donations are the only gifts they will receive at the holidays.
For LYDIA Home this year we will be doing a combination of gift cards and "wish" lists. You can sign up to donate gift cards from Target, Walmart and Kohl's in $25 increments. In addition, the children's "wish" list items are listed below.
Wish List price rage is $75.00-$150.00 depending on what the child needs and asks for and whatever you are comfortable doing.
Don't worry about making sure it's even- we inventory everything for LYDIA and then they go through it again and make sure it's equal for all of the kids.
The kids get some of these items at Christmas, but since many of them need clothes etc throughout the year since they live there ( or are in a foster home), LYDIA often saves the gift cards for their birthdays, and other holidays etc. The people we spoke to at LYDIA said many times the kids show up to live with them with the clothes on their backs and that is it so they need to provide all necessities for them at any time.
Where do I drop off my donations?
There are several options for you to drop off your donations (see below).
Prior to dropping off, please put your gift cards/items in an envelope and/or bag (all gifts should be unwrapped), and inside include your name and contact number as well as the name of the child the donation is for, the number next to his or her name and the child's age.
For example: #11 LUPE S./ Target Card $25 -- Your Name 847-XXX-XXXX
In Central School's front office by Mrs. O'Reilly's desk, there is a "Gift of Giving" bin. Envelopes can be dropped there. The bin will be checked twice a day.
There are 3 houses with drop-off boxes by the front door where you can leave your donations.
Deb Bernstein -- 824 Oakwood Ave. ([email protected])
Rebecca Johnson--831 Oakwood Ave.([email protected])
Meghan MacKinnon - 1046 Greenwood Ave. ([email protected])
And if needed, committee members can pick up donations from your house.
Deadlines for Donations
We will be collecting donations from Tuesday , Nov. 5 through Sunday , Dec. 8. Please have all items dropped off at the school or the committee members' homes by Sunday, Dec. 8th.
For questions please contact, Meghan MacKinnon ([email protected]), Rebecca Johnson ([email protected]), or Deb Bernstein([email protected]
|| Deb Bernstein