As the holiday season approaches, I’m pleased to update you, our volunteers, donors, and friends, on LBFE’s plans for celebrating the 2020 holiday season.
The holidays are a special time, and we have a rich 48-year tradition of honoring the spirit of the season through fellowship, food, and fun. This year COVID-19 has radically altered the way we can celebrate with our LBFE members, but we’ve come up with some wonderful alternatives we hope will bring abundant holiday cheer to our members who are at the greatest risk of feeling alone during this season.
The health and safety of everyone are top priorities and contact-less, socially distanced interactions will be a part of each facet of our 2020 holiday programs. Here is how you can help ensure a joyous season for all.
Introducing: Holiday Helpers
We hope that every LBFE member will be able to receive a special Gift of Gratitude at Thanksgiving and a Package of Joy for the December holidays. Volunteers will be able to sign-up to create a special holiday package containing treats, small, thoughtful gifts, and a card with a personal and heartfelt message. We hope to send these special packages to over 350 LBFE members this holiday season! A special Holiday Volunteer sign-up page will go live on the LBFE website on November 1st.
After registering, each volunteer will receive an email with the name, address, and phone number of their assigned Holiday Friend. Volunteers will have fun purchasing or making the special items to include in the packages, and then using a favorite service (USPS, FedEx, UPS) to send-off the package to their Holiday Friend. If volunteers are comfortable, they can also call their Holiday Friend and arrange for a time to deliver the package in person, masked and outside their friend’s home. For everyone’s safety, please never enter anyone’s home.
Introducing: Calling Carolers
In addition to Packages of Joy, this post-Thanksgiving program will involve calling assigned Holiday Friends and singing a favorite secular holiday carol over the phone, and maybe even singing a carol or two with your friend as well. Singing Volunteers can sign-up to deliver calling cheer using the same registration site that opens on November 1st.
If you are unable to volunteer but would still like to support LBFE holiday activities, please consider a donation to help purchase gifts for members not matched with a “Holiday Friend.”
Should you have any questions about our 2020 holiday plans, please contact Ann Fosco, Community Impact Director at 612-746-0725, or firstname.lastname@example.org.