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Give Homelessness a Holiday Challenge | 30 clients of the Coalition for the Homeless will go without a gift this Christmas

Donation Jar raised $55 for the Coalition!
The Give Homelessness a Holiday Challenge runs November 17-24, 2009, and will provide over 30 single men and women who will not receive gifts for the holidays, a gift, with your help. The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida has all the details:

1) Sign up: To participate in the Challenge and sponsor a client, email coalition@cflhomeless.org with “Give Homelessness a Holiday” in the subject line. You will receive a sponsorship form and gift-giving guidelines, as well as answers to any questions you may have.

2) Receive your match: You will be paired with a single man or woman (we will attempt to match your preferences) as soon as possible. We will provide you the name, age, gender and suggested wish list for each of the individuals you are sponsoring.

3) Shop: You will shop for and wrap the gifts for your “adopted” individual and deliver them to the Coalition by December 17 (address, directions and times will be emailed to you). These personalized, needed, and wished-for presents will mean the world to clients who would not receive gifts without your generosity!

4) Share: You will share your experience in any way you can: Twitter, Facebook, blogs, phone calls to family and friends, or even an old-fashioned letter. We would love to spread the news of homeless men and women who are moving towards self-sufficiency; this will remind so many that the stereotypes often associated with homelessness are quite far from reality and will help make National Hunger and Homelessness Week a true success.

To give a shout-out to those generous community members participating in the Challenge, we will be granting a guest-blogging opportunity to three participants who turn in a completed sponsorship form. The winners will be chosen randomly, and each sponsorship offers one opportunity to win (which makes the idea of winning even more exciting). This will be a perfect opportunity to share why your company, social organization, religious group, or family believes in giving back to the community, or what personal insights you have gained from reaching out to others even in the midst of tough times. (The Coalition reserves the right to review blog posts before posting to ensure they are appropriate and accurate.) We at the Coalition are looking forward to hearing what you have to say and seeing any pictures and videos you take of your gift-gathering experience!

This rewarding Challenge will run from Tuesday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 24. We hope you will help us make our client’s holidays jolly!