It's getting colder and more festive in downtown Collingswood with the onset of the holiday season.
Yet the change in the weather (and atmosphere) is also a further reminder of how much need still exists in some households throughout the region. The nonprofit, Collingswood-based Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOADV) announced recently that more than 350 families are still on waiting lists for aid.
That's 100 more than this time last year—the count includes families from VOADV programs and those of its partner organizations—and more still will be seeking help in the coming months.
“The combination of a bad economy and the hurricane has really left a lot of people in need this year,” said spokesperson Gina Adams in an announcement provided by VOADV.
“These are our neighbors, our fellow community members,” Adams said.
You can bring holiday cheer into the lives of those less fortunate in many meaningful ways. VOADV is seeking new, unwrapped toys, winter clothing, food—and, of course, cash. The organization also allows donors to adopt a specific family and fulfill their personalized wish list.
Those who want to learn more about the program or donate their time are invited to celebrate at the VOADV offices December 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. On hand will be 95.7 Ben-FM and the Cooper Foundation, volunteer gift wrappers, and Santa Claus.