BRISTOL -- The Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department is launching its annual Holiday Gift Giving program.
For the last 20 years, the Youth and Community Services division has supported local families and youth in need during the holiday season. In light of covid-19, the department anticipates a greater need this holiday season, according to a press release.
The program is considered crucial in supporting the community connections Youth and Community Services works to build year round. In 2019, the program supported over 250 community youth.
In an effort to support as many families as possible, Youth and Community Services is seeking individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and community members to sponsor a local youth or family. The program can also serve as a project for families, office groups, organizations, clubs, and schools, raising monetary contributions, toys, clothing, and program awareness.
Participating community members and sponsors will receive a profile with the youth’s clothing size and three to four items of interests that can assist with gift suggestions.
Kyana Anderson, a youth and family coordinator with Youth and Community Services, expressed her gratitude and excitement for the program’s return.
“I’m so excited to be offering this program again this year,” Anderson said. “I was fortunate enough to see the impact across the city last year and I’m confident we will continue to have a broad outreach this year and beyond. Our sponsors and donors make this program happen and I’m constantly impressed by their eagerness to give.”
Joshua Medieros, Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services said that one the great things about Bristol is the generosity.
“The people that live here step up time and time again to support initiatives like our annual Holiday Gift Giving program. We thank everyone in advance for their willingness to step up to support young people and families this holiday season,” Medieros said.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child/family, or know of a family in need, contact Anderson at KyanaAnderson@bristolct.gov or 860-314-4690 or ext.5102.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.