Christmas (Baskets) Family Sponsorship Program

SANTA NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Glen Ellyn Junior Woman's Club will once again distribute Christmas Baskets full of gifts and food to local families in need through our Christmas Family Sponsorship Program.

Please click here to view or print the flyer Christmas Baskets Flyer.

STRENGTHEN YOUR CHRISTMAS SPIRIT BY SHARING WITH OTHERS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Sponsor A Family

If interested in sponsoring a family, contact Lynn GEJuniorsxmasbaskets@gmail.com or 630-441-0101 before December 1st for more information & details.

We need individuals, families, businesses, organizations, or anyone with a giving heart to help fill our Christmas Baskets with love!

Important Dates:

BEFORE Dec. 3rd contact Lynn to sponsor a family (GEJuniorsXmasBaskets@gmail.com) or 630-441-0101.

Thursday, Dec. 8th 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM: Gifts dropped off, toys wrapped, food organized and "baskets" assembled at Parkview Community Church and "baskets" assembled @ Parkview Community Church

Saturday, Dec. 10th 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM: BASKETS DELIVERED TO FAMILIES

Additional information about the GEJWC Christmas Family Sponsorship Program

* What does it mean to sponsor a family?
A family that is sponsored is given new gifts for each person in the family. Those gifts are guided by a list of needs/wishes the family provides (along with sizes, etc.). The needs will range from basic clothing necessities to household goods. We have families that range from very small to very large and we will help you find the family that best fits your budget. We also have Seniors that need to be sponsored.

* Who sponsors the families?
Individuals, families, organizations, playgroups, neighborhoods, businesses, etc. participate as Secret Santas in our program. We can tailor a family for any group/ individual.

* What is included in the "basket"?
The word "basket" doesn't quite do justice to what our sponsored families receive! Along with the new gifts that are purchased for the families, our local schools do a HUGE toy drive, so every child receives at least one new toy or gift card. Glenbard West High School supplies toiletries through their school-run toiletry drive. In addition, we work with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry to ensure that each family receives basic perishable and nonperishable pantry items.

* Who delivers to the families?
Volunteers! Anyone who would like to bring joy to a family is welcome to be a part of our delivery team. Many groups that sponsor a family also choose to deliver personally although this is by no means a requirement. Our local volunteer Fire Department is one of our largest volunteer groups they deliver all morning long!

* Where do these families live?
All of our sponsored families are local and live within the boundaries of our Glen Ellyn School Districts.

* How are the families identified?
School social workers help us identify families in need, and each family is required to apply to our program. Those applications are then reviewed and confirmed. We have the capacity to service approximately 125 families and 25 Seniors; we anticipate maxing our capacity again this year.

* What are other ways to help this program?
You can purchase gifts, donate money or gift cards to individuals or the household as a whole, and/or donate supplies (gift wrap, tape, bags, tags, etc.) We also need volunteers to help us wrap the toys from the toy drive, organize and sort out the food products and toiletries, assemble the "baskets" (boxes), and deliver the lot to the families on delivery day (Saturday, December 10th).

* Where is the location?
Parkview Community Church (764 St. Charles Rd, Glen Ellyn - in front of Ackerman Park) has graciously offered the use of their facility again this year.

Please visit our Christmas Baskets Facebook page.

Please download and print the Christmas Baskets Flyer.