Holiday Helpers is a unique program that helps families in need experience the spirit and excitement of the holidays by creating a circle of kindness charged with giving. Holiday Helpers reaches out to families not served by other existing holiday programs. Most participants have jobs, but simply don’t have money left over at the end of the month for extras.
As part of the Holiday Helpers program, families will work with the Family School Liaison at their child’s school to find volunteer opportunities that best fit their family. They are required to volunteer anywhere from 5-20 hours per child. By volunteering and giving to our community, the circle of kindness continues when families receive gift cards redeemable at local store partners to purchase holiday gifts for their children. These donations allow parents to maintain a sense of pride and fulfillment by purchasing and wrapping presents to give their children. If funds collected allow, the families will also receive a voucher to a local grocery store for a holiday meal or food to last through the holiday season.
A donation of $250 provides gifts and a holiday meal for a family of four. We receive donations ranging from $5.00 to $1000.00 and more—all donations make a significant difference.
In addition to a donation directly to the Foundation, each ISD school participates in a Change Challenge to assist with funding and the ISDF partners with the Kansas City Chiefs who donate $10 of each ticket sold through the Foundation to this heartwarming effort.