Brooklyn Center Nonprofit CEAP Counting on Individual Donations to Meet Holiday Demand
The holiday season will be a stressful time for some families due to the global pandemic. That’s why Brooklyn Center-based nonprofit CEAP continues to be a safety net, despite having its own needs.
“We are seeing a lot fewer drives this winter. Last year we had over 90 businesses or families and groups who hosted a food, or toy or gift card drive for CEAP. This year we only have about 25. We’re looking for individuals to really help us bridge that gap,” said Paige Myers, the CEAP communications and development manager.
The organization had to cancel its annual Toys for Joy event, but it will still provide its usual holiday donations. That includes blankets, food, toys and stocking stuffers. Seniors who are part of the Meals on Wheels program will also get gifts delivered to them.
This year, the nonprofit will be adding a baking mix kit. The kit includes ingredients that go toward traditional holiday recipes. Myers said 800 frozen chickens will also be given away.
“For holidays, we’re looking for gift cards to big box stores and places that you can find for any member of the family. In terms of our hygiene items, we could really use size 5 and 6 diapers and wipes. We are totally out of wipes right now, those are high-need items for families,” explained Myers.
Myers expects to see between 800 to 1,000 people during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Families will have to schedule a time to receive services. Because more people are in need, CEAP encourages community members to volunteer.