Newsletter | Jan/Feb 2012

Member Linoblock Prints from the 2010 OWA Retreat

Hamilton Family Center Thanks OWA for Donations

by Eliza Hart
Dear OWA,

On behalf of the board, staff, and community of Hamilton Family Center, I would like to thank you for making the holidays incredibly special for our families.
A few days before Christmas, one mother shared with her case manager how much her daughter wanted a baby doll, and the case manager was thrilled to find out that the baby doll had already arrived and was waiting to be wrapped. A father, upon receiving the bag of gifts for his daughter, asked “Are these really all for Nicole?” At holiday parties, parents and children decorated amazing gingerbread houses together, laughing and eating half the candy as they decorated. Overall, the season was graced with beautifully wrapped gifts, delicious homemade food, and cheerfully decorated rooms. Without the support from volunteers and donors, none of this would have been possible!
It was encouraging to hear stories from so many people who donated. Companies, churches, and individuals not only collected toys, but also spread the word near and far about what Hamilton is doing. A five year old girl saved money to buy two Barbies for one of the children living here. Other donors have experienced homelessness directly or in their families and wanted to help those currently facing this challenge. Your stories inspire and encourage us to keep doing what we do.
Thank YOU for caring and helping make the holidays memorable for families and children experiencing homelessness. Please let us know if you’d like to get involved in other ways throughout the year. Check out our website for more information:
All the best,
Debbie Wilber
Project Potential Services Coordinator

You can also view an article in the Chronicle that featured Hamilton Family Center "here"

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