Ballard County’s Family Focus Family Resource and Youth Service Center has been helping families with Christmas expenses for several years. Last year, approximately 300 children benefitted from the program. The organization wants to continue helping families in the community. Here is an outline of the guidelines for this holiday season.
As in previous years, to be eligible for the program, a family must qualify for the federal free lunch program by its HIF form. The family cannot be receiving assistance from any other Christmas program, and the children must be enrolled in Ballard County Schools. If they have children who are too young for school, they must bring proof of Medicaid or SNAP benefits from Ballard County DCBS.
As in previous years, a parent or guardian must attend two of the following six “Santa’s Workshops” to be eligible for the assistance program:
- Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. – Helping Your Kids Make the Grades – Kim Grogan (postponed from Dec. 5)
All workshops will be held at the Family Focus office at 158 E. Third St., LaCenter, and no RSVP is required to attend. Child care will be provided for the evening workshops.
Parents who attend two workshops will receive a gift card to Kohl’s for each child and will select toys from those donated for the program. This will allow parents to shop for their children and pick out their individual gifts.
If transportation to Kohl’s is needed, Family Focus staff can arrange transportation. Please contact Director Kelly Wray at 665-8412, ext. 226, to make arrangements.
If you would like to sponsor a child or family, please send cash donations, Kohl’s gift cards, or toys to Family Focus, P.O. Box 434, LaCenter, Ky., 42056. For more information, please call Wray at the number above, or email her at Kelly.Wray@ballard.kyschools.us