In October, we begin taking applications for the programs from pantry clients. Seven families are chosen by the adopt-a-family program that our middle and high school youth run every December. The remaining 30 are accepted into the Christmas Presence program. These families are given funds and the opportunity to shop in the Tri-Village Trading Post.
Clients experience Christmas shopping and wrapping for their own families, allowing us to let them have the joy of finding the perfect gifts and the items they most need. During the event, we will sit with clients, chat while enjoying cocoa and donated baked goods and help their children make crafts and pick out gifts while their parents shop downstairs.