Every year, Batavia United Way partners with BPS101 to identify families in crisis or those who are otherwise struggling and in need of assistance to provide Christmas for their children. School Social Workers and Counselors identify those in need and Batavia United Way recruits and matches Sponsors to families.
School staff and BUW volunteers work with families to complete wish lists for each child and Sponsors will shop from these lists.
Batavia United Way begins assigning families as wish lists are available with the goal of having all families assigned by Thanksgiving. In 2019, 127 families were adopted which includes over 275 kids of all ages. Sponsors drop gifts off at 160 First Street on December 14th from 5-8 pm.
2020 will prove to be a year of great holiday need and also a year of improvising and being flexible to keep everyone safe and healthy while delivering Adopt A Family. We will do everything in our power, with masks, hand sanitizer and gloves, to continue the tradition of making holidays bright. Thanks to the outpouring of holiday generosity, we offer several “spin off” holiday projects that you can be a part of depending on your budget , interest and level of comfort being out in the community. They are as follows:
Adopt a Family: email Melinda@bataviaunitedway.org if you would like to adopt a family in its entirety, including gifts for all children and a gift certificate for a restaurant or grocery store. This is a great project for neighbors, Bunco groups, families or businesses to do together!
Purchase 1-2 items to help out a Sponsor who has a bigger family. Ask us what would help and we will tell you! or your convenience, we have drop boxes at Batavia Chamber of Commerce , 106 W. Wilson Street, Batavia and at Insurance and Dealer Services, 321 E. Wilson Street, Batavia. Please contact melinda@bataviaunitedway if you are most interested in ordering items online to be delivered directly to us.
Batavia Woman’s Club provides each adopted child with an age/gender appropriate Christmas stocking. If you are interested in providing completed stockings per their instructions they would be happy to have the help. For more information please contact BWC/Nan Phillips at 630-615-9102.
Adopt A Bag – Chip In Batavia rallies this project. Volunteers purchase specific non-perishable necessities that fill one brown bag. Each adopted family receives a bag and if we have extras, they go to senior citizens in need. Bag contents include:
1 med. Laundry detergent
4 pack toilet paper
1 Box Kleenex
4 pack of bar soap
1 full size shampoo
Bags can be dropped off Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln Street, Batavia. Drop off is December 2nd thru December 13th between the hours of 9am – 1pm or at the Adopt A Family Sponsor drop off event at 160 First Street on December 14th from 4:30- 8pm.
Gift Holiday Cheer to our Seniors
For a donation of $25 we will deliver a poinsettia plant, a tea bag and McDonalds gift card to a Batavia senior citizen. Have a senior in mind? Mention them in the comment section on the giving Tuesday donation page. Donations are processed online via pay pal or you may send a check to 700 W. Fabyan Pkwy #120A, Batavia, IL, 60510.
This is a part of our Giving Tuesday campaign and will close at midnight December 1st.
As you can see, we have many people and groups involved in making Christmas miracles happen. Watch our website and facebook page, or sign up for the Batavia United Way newsletter to stay up to date. Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful holiday!