For it is in giving, that we receive.
-Francis of Assisi
The holidays can be particularly difficult for our residents as they struggle with feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and despair. Many of the men have few ties left with family and friends. As a result, they end up spending the holiday here at the Inn. Many of them feel they have let everyone down — their family, friends, co-workers, their community. It’s a heavy burden to bear at what is supposed to be a happy time of year. Beyond this, our residents who are fathers often feel ashamed because they do not have the financial means to provide their children with a Christmas gift.
This time of year is hard for Nutrition Center clients, as well, who struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table for their families. The area served by our food pantry contains two of Worcester’s five Food Deserts (an area where people cannot access fresh, healthy food on a regular basis). In 2018, we provided food to more than 10,500 people, from diverse backgrounds, speaking many languages. Like many of the men we serve, our Nutrition Center clients cannot afford to provide their children with Christmas gifts.
I think we can all agree that everyone deserves a little joy, especially during the holiday season!
You can spread joy this holiday season by participating in our Holiday Wish Program. You can help by providing a holiday meal, and/or giving gifts for the men in our care, their children, and/or the children of our Nutrition Center clients. The 29 men we serve need basic items, such as undershirts, underwear, winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and work boots. We also have about 20 children that would love receiving a gift from their father for Christmas.
If you’re willing to help us out in another way: email
Alyssa- Communications Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 508.755.6403×10 to let her know how you can help.
We will be posting more on social media and here on the website as the Holiday Season approaches.