Tuesday, October 22 | Submitted by Emily Yeap
With the major holiday season of the year approaching, Springfield Victory Mission is inviting families in need to sign up for its Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets, and Adopt-A-Family Christmas program.
Registration begins Oct. 28 and will continue every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until Nov. 15. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mission’s Ministry Center, 1715 N. Boonville and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Victory Vintage Thrift Store, 824 W. Commercial.
Families who live in any southwest Missouri counties are eligible to apply for assistance. Applicants must bring these documents: a valid photo ID for each household member aged 18 and older, social security cards for all household members and a proof of income and address. Each family will receive a Thanksgiving and/or Christmas basket stuffed with traditional foods to create a wholesome holiday feast. Those who qualify for the Adopt-a-Family program will also enjoy presents from their sponsor families.
“Many families in the Ozarks are still struggling to get by daily and they worry about affording the holidays,” says Victory Mission Executive Director Jim Harriger. “We want to help relieve some of their burdens so they can enjoy the holidays.”
Seven hundred food baskets will be packed for both Thanksgiving and Christmas on Nov. 22 and Dec. 20, respectively. They will then be delivered to the families by volunteers on Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 21 for Christmas.
If you would like to contribute to the Mission’s holiday assistance program, you can give a $40 gift to sponsor a food basket online at www.victorymission.com, over the phone by calling 417-831-6387 or by mailing a check payable to Victory Mission, P.O. Box 2884, Springfield, MO 65801. You can also adopt a family for Christmas by calling 417-831-6387.
For more information about our holiday assistance program or volunteer opportunities, visit the website listed above.
Emily Yeap, Community Relations Coordinator