Schreiber Holiday Project Reaches Out to Vulnerable Families

(LANCASTER, Pa.) – Each year during the holiday season, Schreiber Pediatric’s Social Services Department facilitates its annual Holiday Project. The program is designed to bring a little extra holiday cheer to some of the more vulnerable families with special needs children who receive services at the Center. This year’s project will reach out to nearly 100 children and give wrapped toys and clothing to some very deserving little ones.

The way Holiday Project works is simple. Therapists at the Center, who work closely with the children and their families day-to-day and know their circumstances, submit the names of families who could use some extra cheer during the holiday season. These families have children with severe disabilities, are low income households and often have additional financial strain due to medical expenses. The therapists are encouraged to also include suggestions on specific gifts that will complement the therapeutic process, and motivate the child. Requests typically include cause-and-effect, sorting, light up or musical toys, LEGOs, playdoh, books, and new shoes and clothing,

Many local businesses and organizations, like the Nielsen Company, Lancaster Liederkranz and a Girl Scout troop, have given generously to this year’s Holiday Project and the Center and these families are grateful. However, the Center is still in need of additional partners to help bless as many children as possible. For more information, please contact the Center at 717-393-0425 ext.136. Gifts are distributed the second week in December.