I’d like to share a letter we received from a wonderful organization on the west side of our county that is looking for a little help from Santa this year:
“Dear Secret Santa,
Thank you for participating in the Dayspring Village Secret Santa Program. As a past program participant we would like to say thanks for your help in bringing the gift of Christmas to the mentally ill residents who call our community home.
I would like to invite you to participate again this year as we work to fill the needs this Christmas. Your participation or that of your family/church would help bring the joy of Christmas to many who otherwise would not experience the gift of the Giver of Life.
The needs of our residents are often simple and inexpensive. They include radios, sodas, undergarments, caps, jackets and socks. We have a list of the Christmas wishes for the residents and are now ready for “adoption” by a Secret Santa.
We will need help with music, Bible study, baked goods and arts and crafts this holiday season. Your help in rounding up homemade baked goods or asking people who have musical talent to come and perform for the residents would be helpful and bring joy to the season. All these efforts have an impact and help create a sense of well being which promotes recovery.
Dayspring Village, Inc. is a licensed limited mental health assisted living facility that specializes in serving the needs of adults with schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorders. Our mission is simple, it’s all about REDIRECTION. This is achieved through the collective impact of a targeted array of community-based services aimed at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.
Truly the gift of Christmas is the gift of the giver. We are blessed to have had a chance to have you participate in our program in the past and we hope you will consider becoming a “Secret Santa” again this year. Please call ASHLEY TURNER OR KYLA GRAYSON at 904-845-7501 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, thank you for your help, love and support of these people who suffer the burden of mental illness. Your gift truly reflects the meaning of Christmas in that it tells each of us there is greater joy in giving than receiving. If I can ever be of help to you or your family, please feel free to call on me at 904-583-0134 or email@example.com.
Douglas D. Adkins