On December 25, 2019, 680 children woke up to presents under the tree and food on the table from OPEN M’s Christmas for the Love of Children Program. OPEN M is turning to the community for help to provide more families with a Christmas this year.
The Christmas for the Love of Children program provides gifts, school supplies, food, and more to hundreds of Akron families and children from 0-18 years of age during the Christmas season.
OPEN M expects the need in the community to be even greater this year due to the pandemic. The Christmas program is fully funded by generous donations which determines how many children OPEN M is able to serve.
Each year, an outside agency selects Akron families and children in need and refers them to OPEN M’s Christmas for the Love of Children program. Information is collected on each child including their age, sizes and wish lists. Sponsors will use this information to provide them with $50 worth of gifts or a monetary donation.
There are many ways for the community to get involved with the program other than sponsorship. OPEN M is seeking donations of food items, school supplies, and volunteers to make the program a success. To sign up, please contact OPEN M’s Development Manager, Jess Rist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-434-0110 ext. 409. To learn more about the program, visit www.openm.org/christmas.