On December 16, 2017, Central Union Mission is scheduled to distribute gifts to 1,300 English- and Spanish-speaking children at our Operation Christmas Miracle program, but this year we are unusually low on Christmas donations. We need gifts for 540 children!
Giving Christmas gifts to needy children is a Central Union Mission tradition that goes back to at least 1925 with First Lady Grace Coolidge. This is the first year, however, that we’ve needed to ask the public for help facing our shortage of donated Christmas presents.
According to David Treadwell, Central Union Mission executive director, “Many of these children have hard-working parents who still can’t afford to buy presents, so toy donations make a big impact on the families we serve. For some children, this is the only Christmas celebration they will have.”
One Operation Christmas Miracle mother told us, “I remember having to make a choice. I ended up paying my electric bill. We didn’t have money for gifts; we barely had money for food.” She was so glad to hear about Central Union Mission’s Operation Christmas Miracle. “I told my daughter, ‘Santa Claus didn’t forget you this year!’” You can be the Christmas miracle in a child’s life. For more information, please visit Operation Christmas Miracle.