Holiday Giving Program for families in need – by December 7

Right: Friends of Southborough Youth and Family Services are again collecting gift cards to help families in need through the holidays. (Image posted to Flickr by One Way Stock)

I’m overdue in reminding readers of Southborough’s Holiday Giving Program.

The program is run by Southborough Youth and Family Services. Each year SYFS coordinates a collection of gifts and monetary donations to spread holiday cheer to financially struggling neighbors. They are expecting to help over 30 families with children that are struggling this holiday season.

Every year, Southborough residents generously donate to the program. Some donate through programs coordinated by SOS through the schools. Others donate through community groups or other private collections. (This year, you might even have gotten an evite!)

If you haven’t received an invitation to donate this year, here’s some ways you can participate through the Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission:

  • Mail in a gift card or check (c/o SYFS, 21 Highland Street)
  • Drop a gift card or check in one of the locked drop boxes in front of the Town House or 21 Highland Street
  • Make a tax deductable donation online through Paypal.

Donations in any amount are appreciated. Gift cards can be to department stores like Target and Walmart, grocery stores like Stop and Shop, gas gift cards or stores that interest teens like Game Stop, Amazon, Dicks, etc. Checks should be made out to their fundraising group Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission.

To help make a difference for families this holiday season, please get your donations in by December 7th.

Below is a request for help by SYFS in a past year on the blog, explaining the importance of this program:

Southborough Youth and Family Services, with support from Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission, is preparing for this year’s Holiday Giving program.

Although so many residents of Southborough are fortunate enough to have plenty during the holiday season, there are some among us who barely have enough to make it through the week. There are many reasons why families find themselves in staggeringly difficult situations but there is one thing that they all have in common: children.

Because of the severely limited resources these families face, the children are at risk of having a very insubstantial holiday. For some, it means nothing at all. When bills are due, medicines are needed, groceries are necessary and all the incidentals required to live, Christmas is sadly the last thing on a family’s list.

It is for this reason that we arrange our Holiday Giving Program to quietly provide necessities and gifts to families in need. We confidentially work with families to learn what necessities are lacking such as groceries, gas, and medications. We also find out a few specific gifts that would otherwise be unattainable to bring holiday joy to the children. We have been lucky to count on a number of wonderful donors over the years to fulfill those family’s wants and needs but as is normal, a few of our donors are no longer able to support our program. . .

Please consider making the families working with Southborough Youth and Family Services a part of your holidays. Your generosity will bring so much happiness to families during what can be a difficult season.

If you have questions about the program, please contact SYFS’ Shannon Kinayman ( or 508-481-5676).

Updated (11/29/18 8:40 am): I received a link to Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission’s website. You can click here to learn more about the community organization supporting SYFS.

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