EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 - APPLICATION PROCESS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR CHRISTMAS 2020
Christmas of HOPE is an off-shoot of the charity the HOPE Fund of Penns Valley. The HOPE Fund was started because we saw a great need in our community to help residents faced with medical or personal disasters.
At Christmas time, we wanted to be able to help the families assisted by the HOPE Fund even more by providing Christmas for their children. Because the HOPE Fund is funded completely through donations, and because those donations are designated for families in need facing dire health situations or other tragedies, there needed to be a very definite separation between the HOPE Fund and Christmas of HOPE. Therefore, Christmas of HOPE is recognized as its own entity.
Christmas of HOPE implemented a new process in October of 2019 and is no longer taking referrals from guidance counselors at our local schools. We are, however, accepting applications from families in the Penns Valley Area School District who are in need of assistance in providing Christmas to their children and will be happy to help you! If you are struggling financially and need our assistance, please click here for instructions. Businesses and community members have generously stepped forward to sponsor children by donating money, gifts, and their time to provide Christmas for local children. In 2019, we served over 85 children of limited means through Christmas of HOPE.
This program has grown tremendously since its inception. This is our tenth year now and it is only been possible because of the support of the entire community!!
These certainly have been unprecedented times lately and many things have changed due to COVID 19! Christmas of HOPE wants to keep our sponsors, volunteers and participating families safe this Christmas season and because of this we have decided to change our process somewhat by limiting personal contact and practicing social distancing. We do anticipate more families needing help this year, however, and would greatly appreciate your support in helping us make this Christmas special for those in need!
All children that we serve are residents of the Penns Valley Area School District. We are so blessed to be part of this community and to have so many generous people, businesses and churches help support this cause. If you would like to consider sponsoring a child this year for Christmas or would like more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made out to Christmas of HOPE and mailed to The HOPE Fund of Penns Valley, PO Box 427, Centre Hall, PA 16828.
Thank you for helping to brighten Christmas for our Penns Valley youth!