This holiday season has been undoubtedly difficult for many families across Illinois. With COVID-19 continuing to spread, hardships have continued to increase, especially for families who were already experiencing crisis. En el hogar de niños & Ayuda, we are grateful for the opportunity to alleviate some of the stress families and children face during the pandemic.

Thanks to our generous corporate partners and supporters throughout the community, we were able to make the holidays a little brighter for the families and children we partner with in a big way.

Through our Holiday Campaign, we were able to raise more than $130,000 to support over 2,000 niños, juventud, parents and caregivers in our programs by purchasing gift cards for their use. Believing that families know best what they need, these gift cards helped parents and caregivers buy holiday gifts, comestibles, and other essential home goods like diapers and formula.

In addition to gift cards, our four early childhood centers in the Chicago metro area were able to fill their Parent Pantries with much needed supplies such as diapers, limpiando suministros, and toiletries through our partnership with individual and corporate supporters across Illinois. We also received 100 handmade blankets from Project Linus and 300 coats from Carol Bernick to keep our children warm during the winter months ahead!

We have been blown away by the generosity of the community. Hogar para niños & Aid does whatever it takes to go where the need is greatest, and we could not give families the extra mile of support they need without your help. Because of our partners, we were able to help parents and caregivers have one less thing to worry about this holiday season. And what’s more – because of your support, Hogar para niños & Aid has established an emergency assistance fund that will continue to help families beyond the holidays. Families needing help with rent, purchasing groceries, and the staple items we take for granted like diapers and formula are now able to receive that assistance due through the fund.

COVID-19 has changed the world in ways no one could have foreseen. We are so grateful for the support of our outstanding partners including the Chicago White Sox, Aón, Akerman, Impacto CTS, CliftonLarsonAllen, grupoon, paisaje de salud, Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo, Reunión mañana, the Chicago Cubs, and MLB players Yu Darvish and Jon Lester. Además, our long-time partners in Children’s Home & Patronato de la ayuda, Junta de mujeres, and Hinsdale Auxiliary continue to go above and beyond to support kids and families in this time of unprecedented need.

Families and children across the state have gone through a lot this year but with your help, we continue to find ways to support their needs. Estamos agradecidos por todos los que apoyaron el Hogar de Niños. & Ayuda durante el 2020 temporada de vacaciones. Your efforts will help fund our vital programs operating 24 horas al día, 365 días al año, en comunidades de todo el estado. On behalf of the families we serve, gracias por su generosidad y compasión.