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Dear Friend,

For over 25 years, Volunteers of America Southeast has joined with Fox 10 to bring hope and joy to thousands of people in need during Christmas. 10 Caring Gifts helps those in our community with special needs, the elderly, veterans, children separated from their parents, and others in need. You can make a difference.

Please join us this Christmas by choosing one of our 10 Caring Gifts. Call 251-338-1294 for more information.

Wallace T. Davis
President & CEO,
Volunteers of America Southeast

To make a contribution or to get involved, contact Janet Hyde at: Jhyde@voase.org or (251) 338-1294

1. Toys for the Holidays
Gifts for children who are alone through no fault of their own
Each year, Volunteers of America Southeast partners with the Department of Human Resources to ensure that each child who is in foster care receives Christmas gifts. We also provide gifts to church partners who then distribute to families who are struggling to provide Christmas gifts their children.
2. Pennies for Patriots
Collect change to support Veterans Services
Volunteers of America Southeast’s fastest growing program is Veterans Services. Services for veterans include counseling, transitional housing, permanent housing, educational support, job training, and job placement. Pennies for patriots provides support for these services and more. A gym and multipurpose room is under construction at Eagle’s Landing, our transitional housing apartment complex and plans for a chapel have been made to construct on campus as well. Money also supports veterans fees associated with job training, education, transportation, food and hygiene items.
3. Food for the Holidays
Feed the need with nonperishable food
With the cost of food on the rise, many people in the community are suffering from food insufficiency, particularly our senior citizens. Because of the success of this gift last year, Volunteers of America Southeast was able to set up food pantries in two of our senior adult apartment complexes. This provides seniors with low income a sense of security. We also work with church partners to supplement their food pantries.
4. Youth Enrichment Services
Art and school supplies distributed youth in need
Volunteers of America Southeast has three afterschool care programs in low income areas. We provide educational, support, and family support to at risk youth. Over the summer, we host three summer bible camps for these children giving them the opportunity for spiritual growth and a chance to have a fun, safe summer with other children.
5. Caring Kits
Personal care items used for veterans, the less fortunate, homeless, and in times of disaster
Immediate care items such as soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. can truly make a difference in someone's life. Caring kits are given to homeless veterans at Eagle's Landing. We also assist the community in times of a disaster. When a tornado, hurricane, fire, or any form of disaster hits, we provide Caring Kits to those in need.
6. Sports and Fitness
Used for recreational therapy at our Enrichment Center, Eagle's Landing, and summer camps
Items needed are jump ropes, exercise bands, sports balls, yoga mats, etc. Recreational therapy has proven to strengthen the mind and soul as well as the body. Equipment will be used at our Enrichment Center which serves people with developmental disabilities, Eagle's Landing which serves homeless veterans, and our youth enrichment program which serves children in need thorough after school care programs and summer camps.
7. Blankets
Distributed in tent cities and homeless
living on the streets

Blankets are distributed to the elderly, homeless, veterans, children in need, and people with special needs. Blankets are passed out to the homeless during the Homeless coalition’s annual count.
8. Coats and Jackets
Distributed to the homeless and less fortunate
Coats are distributed to the people in Volunteers of America Southeast’s programs including residents at Eagle's Landing, low income seniors, and people with developmental disabilities. We also assist the homeless coalition with warm jackets for the homeless in the community.
9. Cards and Crafts for seniors
Craft projects are a favorite among school age children and child development centers. Each year, children from all over the community create special greeting cards and Christmas ornaments for individuals in our senior housing program.
10. Cash Gift
Support Volunteers of America Southeast's Greatest Need
Needs in the community are constantly growing and changing. A cash gift allows Volunteers of America Southeast to provide for an immediate need in the community. Because of the support of business and church partners, we are able to stretch these dollars and maximize the capital investment on each donation.

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