Saint Louis Crisis Nursery today announced that 1,800 children from 551 families benefited from its annual Holiday Hearts and Holiday Help gift collection programs.
Supported by generous sponsors known as ‘Holiday Angels,’ the programs helped cover many high priority needs and special wishes of low to no income families with children, birth to age 12. Typical donations included housing and utility assistance, household needs, diapers, food, shoes and clothing, and toys.
“Many parents that have no other support systems depended on Saint Louis Crisis Nursery to keep their family strong,” said DiAnne Mueller, Crisis Nursery CEO. “Our success depended greatly on our generous community and corporate supporters.”
Hundreds of individuals, families, businesses and community organizations pooled resources within their respective networks to collect Nursery wish lists items. Many organized toy drives, special events and holiday celebrations solely to benefit the Crisis Nursery.
Said Mueller: “Friends of the Nursery, including Shop ‘n Save, Club Fitness, Landers Toyota, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Missouri American Water and Just Bills Place, were instrumental to our success. Their massive donations overflowed our offices and the homes of our families.”
The Crisis Nursery serves thousands of children and families annually at its five safe-havens and seven outreach centers. Wish List items are often needed for daily care, and can be donated seven days a week at any Nursery location. Visit www.crisisnurserykids.org for a complete list.
For more information on Crisis Nursery programs and services, visit the website or call 314.292.5770. Parents in need of crisis or emergency intervention services can contact the 24-Hour Helpline at 314.768.3201; in St. Charles, call 636.947.0600.