Give the Gift of Hope This Holiday Season

November 27th, 2017

The holiday season brings families together. Your gift today can help hundreds of families in Southwest Baltimore enjoy a home-cooked turkey dinner and have gifts for their children this holiday season…a luxury they could never afford on their own.

Last Thanksgiving, Leroy, his wife Angela, and their four kids gathered around the kitchen table…all together for the first time in years. Addiction divided the family 7 years ago – their daughter, the youngest, was adopted by another family, and their three sons moved in with their grandmother. But addiction did not diminish the love Leroy and Angela have for their children. Now in recovery for 4 years, Leroy and Angela have brought their two teenaged boys home and are rebuilding the family bond.

Thanksgiving was a joyful reunion for the whole family. Leroy shared, “it was a wonderful time because all of my kids and us was a family and eating together at the table. It made me feel wonderful to have my kids there one time to eat and just be normal.”

Their holiday celebrations did not end on Thanksgiving. Leroy and Angela picked out much-needed coats, hats, gloves, boots, winter clothing, and a few toys for their boys at our Holiday Gift Shop, and they brought the entire family together again for a special holiday dinner.

Leroy’s eyes filled with tears as he told us how much the gifts meant to his sons: “It did a lot for my kids because they weren’t used to having their own coats. They’re used to sharing a coat, and it made them feel really, really good to receive their own coat.”

Throughout the year, Leroy and Angela turn to Paul’s Place for help with food, clothing, and utility bills when their income isn’t enough to pay all their bills. They give back too. Both volunteer regularly at Paul’s Place and help other community members in need find their way to our center.

Right now, you can provide a traditional turkey dinner, gifts for the holidays, and access to life-changing services year-round for 250+ families! Your gift today will bring joy to the holiday season and spark lasting hope.

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