“I thought we couldn’t have a holiday this year.”

Calvin’s family had an unexpected emergency before the holiday season, which wiped out their savings. As a result, they would no longer be able to afford gifts for their daughter. Calvin called around to some local holiday gift programs, but at this point in the year, the programs in his area had already reached capacity.

Determined to give his daughter a good holiday, Calvin went to pa211.org to explore his options. Although there were no longer any holiday gift programs open near him, he found some other resources to help alleviate his family’s budget. He reached out to a local food pantry that didn’t have any income requirements, and got enrolled in a program to help with an overdue electric bill. He also got signed up for a holiday food basket program, which included all the fixings to cook a meal at home. With these supports, Calvin was able to free up some funds to get his daughter a few holiday gifts.

“I thought we wouldn’t be able to have a holiday this year; this is amazing.” – Calvin, Eastern PA

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