For the past 12 years, the Central School community has generously supported LYDIA Home and Metropolitan Family Services (MFS). This year given COVID-19, and the economic uncertainty that has accompanied it, these organizations need our help more than ever. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, LYDIA Home and MFS have requested Target and Amazon gift cards for the children and families they serve, instead of unwrapped items.
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What services do Metropolitan Family Services and LYDIA Home provide?
Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) offers a wide variety of programs and services designed to strengthen families and help them realize their full potential. Through mentoring and advocate programs such as The Children’s Center, Parenting Fundamentals and Family Violence Intervention, MFS empowers families to learn and to thrive.
LYDIA Home, founded as an orphanage in 1916, has become a successful alternative to state-run foster care and family assistance agencies. LYDIA helps troubled families and children, reaching people in diverse communities with a range of services, including Safe Families for Children, Foster Care, Residential Treatment, Learn & Care Preschool, LYDIA Urban Academy and Counseling Services.
How can I donate to Gift of Giving?
Sign up to contribute to both LYDIA Home and MFS through SignUpGenius.
We are hoping to collect enough gift cards for about 40 children at LYDIA, which will be used for their clothing and school needs throughout the year, as well their birthday gifts and presents for this holiday season (which comes to about $100-$200 per child). And we are hoping to collect gift cards for more than 60 MFS families as well, which will be used for the holidays.
We also learned that the children living at LYDIA have not been able to leave the facility very much since March due to COVID-19. To help lift their spirits, please consider having your child complete the mitten coloring sheet for the kids at LDYIA. Simply color and sign — we will fill in the names of the LYDIA children. You are welcome to submit as many sheets as you would like.
Where do I drop off my donations?
Rebecca Johnson’s house (831 Oakwood) or Meghan MacKinnon’s house (1046 Greenwood Ave.)
What is the deadline for donations?
The collection deadline for gift cards and pictures is Monday, December 14.
For questions please contact, Meghan MacKinnon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for your consideration and support!
The Gift of Giving Committee