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 work with the 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 2018, 127 families were adopted which includes over 275 kids of all ages. Sponsors will drop gifts off at 160 First Street on December 16th from 5-8 pm.
Due to the outpouring of holiday generosity, there are several “spin off” holiday projects that you can be a part of depending on your budget and interest!
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 family outing to a restaurant, movie theater, Funway or your choice. 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! We have drop boxes at Batavia Chamber of Commerce and at Insurance and Dealer Services. (see Adopt a Senior flyer)
Batavia Woman’s Club provides each adopted child with an age/gender appropriate Christmas stocking. They welcome help in purchasing small items for the stockings and would be happy to give you more information. 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 at Grace McWayne Elementary School beginning December 2nd thru December 13th during regular school hours.
Adopt a Senior Citizen – New this year!
We are providing low income seniors with a goody bag of favorite snacks and microwave meals to help with the long winter months and to let them know they are not forgotten.See the flyer below for details.
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!