“Tis Better to Give Than Receive.” Erin’s House for Grieving Children is so fortunate that the Fort Wayne community truly believes in this statement. Even during these turbulent times, each and every day this month we have received a gift, some small, some very large and everything in between, but all . . . from the heart.
The holiday started with a gentleman, who has never been to Erin’s House, he stopped by to drop off program supplies, he simply said, “Our family has what we need, we wanted to share with you.”
The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, celebrating their 35th year, is giving back to local agencies that have helped their members and had collection boxes for items from our Wish List at their “Rejoice” performances.
A current Erin’s House family donated an Xbox system, accessories and games for another Erin’s House family.
The employees from ProFed Credit Union came for a tour when they dropped of their monetary and supply donations.
Northrop High School students, St. Peter’s Lutheran School students and Berne Apparel all donated items for our Santa’s Workshop to help our families have a merrier Christmas.
Trillium Garden Club and Curves-Woodland Plaza donated items for Santa to distribute at our Holiday Party.
The associates at Lincoln Financial Group have been paying to wear jeans at work all through the month of December and donated the funds to Erin’s House.
Harrison Hill Elementary School students donated their funds from the school’s charity drive.
We received lovely gifts from the Huser Charitable Foundation and the Jack Ewing Charitable Trust.
The Mad Ants donated basketball tickets for our families to enjoy.
And countless individual and family donations, many with heartwarming stories to share; a mother and son bearing boxes of gifts, a family donating what they would normally spend on Christmas presents, and donations from people we know well and people we don’t know at all- it warms our hearts, each and every one of them.
The list goes on and on, and whether it was a $5 donation from a child or a $5,000 donation from a foundation, we are so very grateful. This generous spirit confirms that people understand the importance of our programming and value our presence in the community. To all those mentioned here, and especially to those who have not been mentioned by name, we thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your ongoing support of our organization and its mission. Thank you so very much!
ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION: Erin’s House for Grieving Children may be reached at 260-423-2466 or by visiting the website at www.erinshouse.org. Erin’s House provides support services for children, teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one.
Erin’s House was founded in 1993 in honor of all grieving children and their families. The idea for Erin’s House was created when an a 5-year old Fort Wayne girl named Erin Farragh died unexpectedly in 1989; the subsequent grief her surviving brother and sister experienced inspired the adults in their lives to take this idea and grow it into what it is today; Erin’s House for Grieving Children, a safe place for healing.