LETTER: Gifts poured in for 30 families connected to donors by agency

To Ozaukee Press:

With a mission of improving lives to help individuals and families succeed, Ozaukee Family Services serves local families throughout the year. Thanks to the generosity of the community, those services also included some unexpected gifts to help make the holidays bright.

Our normal services do not include providing gifts. However, because we are part of this caring, generous community and have a direct link to families that can use some assistance, we’ve been facilitating this for several years. The holidays can be especially stressful for families that are already facing mental health and financial challenges and other issues. We were able to match donors with 30 local families to fulfill their holiday wish lists.

Our clients requested items such as diapers, groceries, winter clothing, shoes and bedding. Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community in providing these gifts. The recipients of these items all live in Ozaukee County and are clients of Ozaukee Family Services.  

We would like to thank the following for their generosity this holiday season: employees at Charter Manufacturing, Cornerstone Church Friday Night Life Group, Cornerstone Community Bank in Grafton, members of CrossFit IF gym, residents of Lincoln Village, Mom’s Club of Mequon-Thiensville, Lenny’s Artsy Fingers, Bill and Joanne Penkwitz, Promontory Point Capital, the Plambeck family, Jacob, Ella, Julia and Brady Schmit, staff from SEEK-Grafton, employees at UFS Data, Woodview Cub Scout Pack and several anonymous donors.

The holiday gift donations are greatly appreciated, but additional help for local families is welcome. Our clients can use items like diapers, grocery store gift cards, gas gift cards and shared-ride taxi vouchers throughout the year. In addition, monetary donations to Ozaukee Family Services allow us to provide all our services free or on a sliding fee scale. No one is ever turned away because of the inability to pay. To help local individuals and families by donating or volunteering, contact Ozaukee Family Services at 262-376-7774.

Ozaukee Family Services offers parent education; support for families dealing with behavioral or mental health challenges; affordable counseling for individuals, couples and families; prevention education; support for children who have experienced death or divorce in their family; and services that help senior citizens continue to live independently. To learn more, go to www.OzaukeeFamilyServices.org.

Linda Pigeon
Ozaukee Family Services
Grafton

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