Pay it forward this holiday: Help Make Spirits Bright

13 Nov

making spirits bright

There’s an awesome organization here in Webster doing awesome things for families in need this holiday, and they could use your help.

Making Spirits Bright, created by Jamie Buss, Colleen Bedford, and Jeanette Wittmeyer,  was founded in 2014 with one simple mission: to provide smiles for families in need during the holiday season. For many families in our area, the holidays are not a joyous time, as parents struggle put a decent meal on the table, let alone purchase Christmas gifts for their children.

The organization works with area school counselors and social workers to identify families that need assistance. Then they collect wish lists from each of the family members and begin collecting items.

To date, Making Spirits Bright has spread holiday joy to 90 families — almost 50 adults and children. This year they’re set to help almost 50 more.

That’s a huge challenge. So far many businesses (34 of them!) have already adopted entire families outright. But there are a lot of family lists left to fulfill.

This is where you can help.

If you click here, you can see the Google spreadsheet where Jamie has organized all of the families’ wish lists.  Just scan the list, find a gift (or two, or more!) that you’d like to purchase, and fill in that blank on the list. You can sign-up to purchase as many items as you wish, from as many different people as you wish. Jamie will arrange collection and delivery once the gifts have been purchased.

This is a great holiday activity for the entire family, or for your small business, by the way.

If you have any issues connecting to the list (it’s not very mobile-friendly), email for help.

Making Spirits Bright will also gratefully accept monetary donations, which go to purchase any items on the lists which were not adopted. If you prefer to help out in that way, click here to go to the Making Spirits Bright GoFundMe page.

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