We support children living in social service residences (ages newborn to 18 years old) by delivering smiles during the holiday season. We hand deliver gifts and essentials throughout the year to these families in need, as they strive to create better lives for their families.
Giving Friends provides deliveries through grassroots fundraising and community partnerships, local drives, events and corporate sponsorships. We help families that live in poverty, shelters, and recovery-based treatment centers. We also provide necessities to local families in need in hopes of building a positive foundation for their future.
Over 24 years ago Lynne Corry was homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol. She found help at a mother and child residential treatment program, where her recovery journey began. Lynne and her son Tyler lived there while she worked hard to build a life for her and her son.
There are so many ways to become a Giving Friend. Look how far we’ve come already. We started in 1997 bringing Christmas gifts to 40 children. Now we are collecting gifts to distribute to over 2500 families!
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We Bring Smiles to Those we Serve
In 1997, while a new client at our Young Mothers Program, Lynne Corry launched her first Holiday Toy Drive. Every year since, she has brought joy to clients – and staff members – during the holidays. We at Samaritan Daytop Village are extremely grateful that Lynne and her incredible team of volunteers have turned that first drive into an annual holiday tradition. Lynne’s success has been inspiring. In recent years, we asked for her support to collect toys for the children in our family shelters. She responded with an avalanche of gifts. Lynne has brought so much joy and happiness to hundreds of families in our programs.