Looking Ahead to Christmas
By Shane Inglesby, CCE, Geneva Rock Products
The crisp Autumn air has many of us thinking ahead to the Christmas holiday. As you are begin your holiday shopping please note that the Intermountain Credit Education League has chosen to support, once again, Candy Cane Corner as our Christmas charity this year. Many of you have taken the opportunity of donating time and items to this wonderful organization in the past and know how much this service benefits our community.
For those of you that have not had the opportunity to participate, Candy Cane Corner has been established to provide those that are less fortunate with the opportunity of selecting new toys and new clothing items for loved ones in their family. Candy Cane Corner attempts to provide a store-like environment from which its shoppers can select purchases that meet the needs and interests of the recipient. Last year, Candy Cane Corner helped to provide holiday assistance to 474 families, including 740 adults and 1,189 children.
All shoppers are screened by case workers who verify the legitimate need of those shopping at Candy Cane Corner. Beneficiaries of the store include battered and abused women who are striving to leave abusive relationships, homeless families, teen mothers and many other needy families. As you begin preparations for the holiday season, please consider including these individuals on your Christmas list.
New and unwrapped toys, toiletry and clothing items for children are always needed. Toiletry and clothing items for adults are also welcomed. Cash donations and gift cards are also accepted as the managers of the store will then, in turn, purchase items for the store that are in high demand.
The Wish List for Candy Cane Corner can be viewed at http://candycanecornerslc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Wish-List-1.pdf
The Top Ten Needs can be viewed here http://candycanecornerslc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Top-Ten-Needs-List-1.pdf.
Candy Cane Corner is also in need of volunteers to assist at the store. The anticipated opening is December 1st and the store will be open daily from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm until December 14th. If you can volunteer two or three hours, please go online to check volunteer needs at www.candycanecornerslc.org to assist. Volunteer times do fill rapidly. If you are interested, it would be best to get on the schedule as soon as possible.
Plan to bring your donations on November 14th to our monthly ICEL meeting that will be held at the NACM Office. Christmas is a time of joy for many. Your support of Candy Cane Corner will help many that otherwise may not experience the magic of this wonderful time of year.