We believe that each person deserves a holiday filled with HOPE. That’s why, at HOPE House, we aim to not only provide Christmas Hampers to families in need, but, starting in 2017, added several other holiday programs such as a Christmas brunch, cookie exchange, photos with Santa, and an affordable Christmas market to create new holiday traditions with our community.
This new approach allowed community members to purchase new goods such as toys, books, clothing and jewelry for a very reasonable cost through a pay-what-you-can Christmas market. In this way HOPE House ensures a dignified exchange of goods by offering a hand up, not a hand out.
“The entire holiday season was engaging and people had fun caroling and spending time together,” says community member, Paul.
Our festive Christmas Brunch, prepared and served by volunteers, offered unique and delicious dishes including gingerbread oatmeal, a variety of quiches, hash brown casserole, fruit salad, eggnog french toast and bacon. Jolly Ole’ Santa made a grand entrance while everyone feasted and sat for pictures with many of the 150 attendees for pictures afterward! Photos were saved to USB keys donated by generous members of the community to be taken home and shared immediately.
Community member and volunteer, Martha, enjoyed the market with her children, “The holiday pay-what-you-can market allowed my children to have lovely gifts for their siblings and grandparents,” she shared. The Gift Wrapping Party held at the end of the Christmas market provided participants with festive paper, bags, ribbon, tape, scissors…everything they needed to make that present pretty for under the tree!
Martha was happy with all of the choices at the market as it gave her children the opportunity and independence to make their own reasonable decisions.
Paul reminisces about the treasured and unique gifts that he got. “A lot of love was given and received,” he recalls.