|We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was started after the death of my mother, Joan Meyer. The poem attached is the poem she left for us children and in memory and honor of my mother, my husband and myself, started this non-profit organization so hands could touch hands and to help needy families at CHRISTmas time!
In the past we have gotte the majority of our families through the East Toledo Family Center, but due to the declining economy we decided to take families that have been hit hard by the economy, i.e. loss of job, plant closing down, hours, being cut, etc. These people can make ends meet, but would have a very difficult time giving their kids a CHRISTmas.
We will purchase clothing, boots, toys, etc for each child. We try to make this a CHRISTmas that they will never forget. Each child and family also receives a new Bible.
Our organization is Christian-based, but we do not discriminate against families that do not have our same beliefs. We are here as an instrument of God to give them unconditional love with no strings attached. They do not have to do anything to get these gifts. The only requirement is that they Need help!!
The day is centered around our CHRISTmas gift and that is JESUS!! The very last thing we do is light the candles on the cake that says “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS” and we all sing. That is my favorite part! I get chills thinking this is what this day is supposed to be about.
We have all heard the Bible verse it is better to give than receive, but on this day it CANNOT RING MORE TRUE! We all leave there feeling blessed, not just the needy families, but the families who gave of themselves to make a difference in someone else’s life. The world would be a better place if we all did that!
My mom was a lovely lady and through all of this, hundreds of hands have touched hands and it has made CHRISTmas a lot easier for me with not having her with me here on earth. Through this organization, I can say, I know she is present not only in my heart, but in the hearts of so many others.
More importantly than my mom’s memory, we want people to feel the love of CHRIST, because that is the true meaning of CHRISTmas; an unconditional LOVE given to each of us!! Our goal every year is to glorify God!!