The holiday season for those in need will once again be made brighter, thanks to monumental efforts by Westerville Caring and Sharing (WC&S), an all-volunteer, charitable 501(c)3 organization with no paid staff, which reaches out to students and families in the Westerville City School District. If a Westerville pupil qualified for the free or reduced lunch program, WC&S can help them. One hundred percent of all donations benefit Westerville families.
WC&S served hundreds of Westerville students and their families during its 2018 Holiday Project. They are anticipating even more will apply for help during the 2019 Holiday Project, which serves Westerville children and their families and sometimes a few senior citizens who may not otherwise receive any gifts. Each family also receives a food basket and donated personal hygiene and paper products. Only new merchandise is distributed at Christmas. The goal is to provide each child with items from their wish list and a gift card, when funds allow, to be used for clothing needs not sponsored. There are numerous opportunities to “adopt” a child, sponsor a food drive or give a monetary donation.
Family packet distribution dates are October 29 and November 5, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.; and November 14 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Westerville Library. Family packets contain paperwork that needs to be completed and returned to Westerville Caring & Sharing by Saturday, November 23.
For further information, please call 614/470-4320 or send an e-mail to WestervilleCaringSharing@gmail.com. “Please remember those in need in our awesome Westerville community,” said WC&S Past President Barbara McCoy. “Each one of us can make a difference in some way!”