Help for the Holidays

December 17, 2009 · by pcriadmin · Uncategorized

PCRI staff let loose with our holiday cheer yesterday afternoon and got into the spirit of the season decorating our office.  For some families, however, this time of year isn’t filled with cheer and good fortune.

PCRI Christmas Decoration

PCRI employees have adopted two of our resident families this year in hopes of making their season a bit brighter.  With your help, we can spread some holiday cheer and help provide some basic gifts like clean, dry clothes.

One of our adopted residents is Martha, a single mother who immigrated from South Africa five years ago to find a better life for herself and her 14 children.  Only six of her children survived the journey.

Fighting terminal illness, Martha is not able to hold a steady job.  Still, she works hard to provide for her kids, supplementing her meager disability stipend by collecting aluminum cans so she have food on the table for her children.  Through it all, Martha’s faith and family give her the strength and positive outlook to do all she can to give her family everything she can.

PCRI's Frosty and Reindeer

Alice is the mother of the other family PCRI has adopted this year.  Since she’s been our resident, Alice worked 3-4 jobs as a caretaker to provide for her four children, but was just laid off from her only current job a few weeks ago.  While Alice searches for a new job, she counts her blessings to be able to spend more time with her children this holiday season.

PCRI employees are chipping in to help bring a bit of Christmas cheer to these two families by purchasing gifts–some as basic as socks and shoes–and gift cards for discount and grocery stores.  Check out these families’ holiday lists on our Facebook page.  Donations can be mailed or delivered to our office at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Portland.

PCRI Lobby Holiday Tree

While you’re in the giving spirit, please consider donating in our Community Centers’ Supply Drive (our Community Center wish list is on our Facebook page too).  It’s in our Community Centers that we provide programs to help our families achieve self-sufficiency, learn to build wealth and prepare for homeownership.

We also utilize the Community Centers to help residents connect to local resources and search and prepare for better employment.  And it’s where we offer kids’ programs too, like computer, music and art classes.  Donations to our Community Centers (things as basic as printer paper, crayons, markers and stickers) can also be brought to PCRI’s office as well as the Maya Angelou Community Center (Mon – Thurs, 3-7 p.m.) or Park Terrace Community Center (Mon – Thurs, noon-6 p.m. and Friday 2-6 p.m.).

As one other piece of goodwill for the season, the holiday trees that PCRI staff took a break to decorate yesterday will find their way to the homes of two PCRI families just in time for Christmas Day.  So, regardless of how you’re celebrating this season, we wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday!

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