Holiday Assistance from Operation Sunshine
Nov. 28 2018

Holiday Assistance from Operation Sunshine

Holiday Assistance

Most of us look forward to the holiday season – a time of gift-giving, delicious family meals, and warm memories. However, for some residents of our community, the holidays are a stressful time.  For many, money concerns often loom over the brightness of the season, but holiday assistance is available.

Together as a community, we believe everyone has the right to celebrate.  That’s why we provide holiday assistance to those in need, offering a glimmer of hope through difficult economic times.

Operation Sunshine can help provide toys, hats/gloves, and a holiday meal for your family.  If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this holiday season, here is all the information you need:

Sign up online until November 30th

Holiday Assistance Client Guidelines

  • Families must have children living in their residence 13 years and younger.
  • Families must reside in Oneida or Herkimer County

Operation Sunshine is a nonprofit corporation of the Observer-Dispatch partnering with the following local agencies:

  • The Neighborhood Center, Inc.
  • Catholic Charities of Herkimer
  • Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties
  • Salvation Army of Rome
  • Salvation Army of Utica
  • Utica Rescue Mission

Supporters of Operation Sunshine include:

  • Toys for Tots – U.S. Marine Corp.
  • Mack Utica
  • Keeler in the Morning – WBIX 950am
  • New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss
  • Spectrum

Not in need this year and want to help us make a difference? Here are some ideas!

  • ‘Adopt’ a Family – Each donor will be provided with a wish list from a local family including specific sizes and gift ideas.
  • Host a toy drive. Looking to help during the holidays but you’re not sure you want to participate in our ‘adopt’ a family program? This is the perfect option.
  • Volunteer your time during one of our community shopping days.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:

Jennifer Waite – Director of Group Work