We recently met an amazing woman named Peggy Cottle. She is doing an amazing thing this holiday season in our community and we want help get the word out. There are many people in the Miami Valley that are struggling and aren't going to have the kind of Christmas morning that most of us will enjoy. She wrote the following blog post and asked me to share to it with you. We are more than happy to be part of her amazing efforts and hope you will too. -Greg Murphy
My name is Peggy Cottle. I started Helping Hands for the Homeless in 2013 after my mother passed away. When she was a young teenager, she became homeless and depended on family, friends and sometimes the streets for places to live. When I was a child, she always made sure people she knew had a place to stay and food to eat. I wanted to do something to help others in her memory.
Last year my son and I started the Christmas Hope Box drive to help local homeless
children at St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Shelter have a chance to experience the joy of Christmas regardless of their circumstances. By giving them these boxes we are trying to bring a little joy into their lives. We were able to give 81 boxes to the homeless children last year.
This year, there are 121 homeless children at the shelter. Each child is in need
of a Christmas box.
Our Christmas Hope Box program allows for every child at the shelter to be assigned a sponsor (a person that promises to give them a Christmas box). Sponsors will place a toy, game, personal care items, activities, school supplies, hats, gloves, etc in wrapped empty shoeboxes for each child. Through this drive, we are also taking in much needed donations for the families and other individuals that are in need at the shelter.
Murphy’s Used Books and Handyman Ace Hardware have agreed to sponsor barrels for the drive. Murphy’s has also agreed to host one of our kick off events for the drive. It will be on Friday, November 17th from 12pm-2pm at Murphy's Used Books and Media at 2852 Wilmington Pike in Kettering.. They have been gracious enough to donate free books to those that sponsor during the kick off event, small drawstrings bags for each of the children and photocopies for the drive. You may also pick up or drop off empty shoeboxes for the drive at their store.
Dayton Pediatric Dentistry will be donating all the toothbrushes and toothpaste for the kid’s boxes this year. We are especially grateful to all the area businesses and our fantastic “helpers” that make things happen.
Christmas Hope Box drive is being held from November 17th – December 17th . Stop by Murphy’s to grab a flyer on how to sponsor a child or to donate wish list items for the shelter.
The First One is on Us :)