Christmas Stories from Lighthouse
One of the most excellent non-profit organizations we have in our community is Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center. Recently, we asked Executive Director Gary McDonald to share some stories about how funds from the community, via Lincoln Community Foundation, paid it forward for families and children and boy did he deliver! Get out your tissues for these bite-sized Christmas stories 🙂
Christmas stories from Lighthouse
…which occurred because of your support.
- A single mom was struggling to provide presents for her family this Christmas since she had lost her job due to COVID. She came to Lighthouse for counseling and to find a job though our Employment Readiness program. We also helped by giving her children presents through our Adopt-A-Family program. Next we helped her get caught up on her rent. Shortly after, she landed a new job. She now plans to give gift cards to Lighthouse for our clients for the 2021 Christmas season once she gets caught up on the rest of her bills as a way to pay it forward to others.
- A single mom (we’ll call Jen) came in to Lighthouse to pick up Christmas presents for her family. Jen’s mother came with her to help carry the presents to their car. Jen’s mother then told us the story of how she would take her children (including Jen) shopping to buy presents for those less fortunate. She was now humbled because her daughter Jen is now on the receiving end of others’ generosity.
- When finding out about our diaper give-away program, a local family got their children involved too. The children made and sold crafts, then went to the store to purchase diapers with the money they had earned. The whole family then dropped off the diapers at Lighthouse so other children would have enough diapers over Christmas.
- Here is a written note from a 4-year old child.
By the way, she received more than 2 presents 🙂
- When a man with three kids, who was receiving counseling from Lighthouse, was told in his counseling session that we would help him get his kids presents for Christmas, he just sobbed.