Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is in full holiday mode and in need of toys, food, and monetary donations for its Season of Blessings campaign. This year, NAM will be providing more than 1,700 families holiday meals and over 5,300 children holiday toys in December.
“We knew there was going to be a bigger need this year, but we didn’t imagine it being this substantial,” said Les Cave, NAM’s President & CEO. “Last year we provided holiday toys for 1,773 children and this year the need is nearly three times that. We’re calling upon the community to help us provide a joyous holiday season for these children.”
NAM’s goal is to collect 16,000 toys so each child can receive at least three toys. Anyone wanting to bless a child for the holidays can pick a child’s name from the Blessing Tree located in NAM’s lobby at 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, TX 77090. Pick as many children as you would like to shop for. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-18 are also being accepted to fill in the gaps. Toy donations can be dropped off at NAM or The Harrell Family Opportunity Center located behind NAM’s main building Tuesday – Thursday between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
On top of providing gifts, NAM is also giving families holiday meals, which includes a turkey and all the fixings. Last year, 994 families received holiday meals from NAM, but that number has almost doubled this year. Food donations are being accepted at NAM’s food pantry, the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“NAM loves to help families throughout the year, and especially during the holidays. It is even more special,” said Chief Advancement Officer, Brian Carr. “We never want to turn away a family in need, and this year there are more families than we have ever seen asking NAM for help.”
For more information about NAM’s Season of Blessings, visit https://www.namonline.org/season_of_blessings.