Family Assistance – Holiday Helping 2019

Holiday Helping 2019

Madison Families Helping Madison Families

What is Holiday Helping?

Holiday Helping is a donation-based program that provides assistance to families in our community during the winter holiday season who need help with children’s clothing, household items (such as laundry soap, toothpaste, diapers), and educational items (such as books, family board games, or puzzles). Along with practical assistance, this tradition brings hope to those who receive the gifts. The foundation of this program is our generous community. Children in giving families put a focus on helping others.

How does it work?

Families in need of assistance should complete a request form. The Family Assistance Committee reviews the forms and prepares the Holiday Helping Snowmen, which are distributed school-wide.  Each snowman lists an item to be purchased and delivered unwrapped to the classroom. Gifts are collected, sorted, and given to the families.

How can I help?

Watch for the Holiday Helping Snowman in your child’s backpack. If you purchase the gift on your snowman, please tape your snowman to the gift and return it to your child’s classroom.* 

Important Dates for Holiday Helpers

Thursday, December 5th:  Holiday Helping Snowmen go home in children’s backpacks.  There will be a basket of Snowmen in the front office where you can pick up additional Snowmen or exchange your Snowman for another.  Your participation is strictly voluntary and we appreciate all that you do. If you cannot participate, please drop your Snowman in the basket.  Thank you!

Monday, December 16thGifts are due in the classroom collection boxes.*  

*If you are donating a gift card of any sort, please include the amount on the card. Also give gift cards directly to your student’s teacher or to the Simis office staff.  Please do not leave gift cards in the boxes in classrooms.

Important Dates for Families Requesting Assistance

Tuesday, November 12For families requesting assistance, forms are available in the Simis front office, from the Simis health office, from the Simis social worker, or at

Monday, December 2 :  Deadline for completed assistance request forms to be returned to the health office, to the Simis Social Worker or emailed to 

Thursday, December 19Gift distribution at Orangewood Church from 7:30am to 10am. 

Thank you in advance for your participation in this program.  Helping each other builds a stronger and more caring community. 

Questions?  Please contact Family Assistance at or 602-295-9497.