Miami Valley residents and local businesses helped make Christmas brighter this year for local kids and families. The annual Hannah’s Treasure Chest (HTC) Giving Angels gift drive provided toys, books and clothes for 563 children served by the charity’s partners. In addition, nearly all of the 248 families served received grocery gift cards and many received one essential household need, such as cleaning supplies.
The charity’s annual giving program began over 9 years ago as a seasonal supplement to its main mission of providing clothing care packages to children in need. Since 2012 over 2,000 children and their families in four counties have benefited from the generosity of the community.
“Our annual Giving Angels program makes the holidays brighter for children who otherwise might not receive anything during the holidays,” says Sarah Williams, executive director of Hannah’s Treasure Chest. “The community’s generosity to the kids and their families has been overwhelming and truly appreciated.”
This note from one of the recipient families tells how important this program is to local families:
Dear Giving Angels,
Our family is very grateful for your generosity. After losing our daughter suddenly and taking custody of our grandchildren, this year has been a rough one. The grief and stress have almost been unbearable at times, but we love our grandchildren and will raise them as long as God will allow us to. Words cannot tell you how much this means to our family. The smile on the kids’ faces will be priceless at Christmas. Thank you and God bless.
~ The M. Family
More than 2,500 gifts were provided by area donors who picked up Giving Angel tags from trees hosted by local businesses or who signed up individually with the charity. Gifts were collected at locations ranging from Springboro to Huber Heights by Two Men and a Truck, Dayton South. The moving company has partnered with the charity on the program since it began 9 years ago.
“The success of this program is entirely due to the involvement of our community,” says Williams. “It is the generosity of our donors and the dedication of our volunteers that makes it all possible each year.”