The “Gift of Love” campaign encourages DCHA employees and friends of DCHA to support a public housing or HCVP family by purchasing needed gift items for children whose families are under significant economic hardship. Families are identified based on need and compliance. Each year ORS collaborates with the Special Programs Division of the Housing Choice Voucher Program to carry out this project.

In late November, employees (also referred to as sponsors) selected ornaments with children’s wish and need list. On December 22, 2011, families came to DCHA headquarters at designated times to receive their gifts and the children had the opportunity to meet their sponsors. As a feature of this event children took pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (a.k.a. Stephen Baker a.k.a. Dorothea Roundtree). While visiting with Santa each child was able to select the gift of their choice from Santa’s Sack. The gifts in Santa’s sack of coloring and activity books, arts & crafts supplies, games, puzzles and other toys were made possible from the generosity of employees of EEOC office and DCHA. The children each received a Christmas stocking with candy and other holiday themed trinkets. While waiting to see Santa and Mrs. Claus the children had an opportunity to get their faces painted and get a specially designed balloon from Bows the Clown.

For the 5th year in a row, each child was also able to select a new reading book of their choice. The book purchases were funded in part by donations received from DCHE Staff ($300), Exodus Treatment Center ($100), Patricia Joyner ($150), DP Davis ($100), Mr. & Mrs. Schwartz ($100), & the Judiciary Square Club- ITC ($100).

A total of 293 children were the recipients of gifts this year. One hundred forty-one (141) were from public housing and one hundred fifty-two (152) were from HCVP. In all, 131 DCHA staff served as individual sponsors. This year 90 children were sponsored by non-DCHA employees.

As is customary sponsors spend on average $75-$100 per child. The gifts received included but are not limited to winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots and shoes, school uniforms, pajamas and underwear, school supplies & comforter and sheet sets. The majority of the children received clothing and accessories (purses, watches, jewelry). In addition to toys, children received books, CD & DVD players, video game systems, & TVs. Children also received leap frog learning pads, board games, sporting equipment, remote control cars, stuffed animals, dolls, video games, cameras, and gift cards ranging in value $25-$100. Two families received computers. Twenty children received bicycles.

Thanks to everyone who served as a sponsor, donated a toy or gift, or volunteered in some way to help make the program a success. Thanks is also extended to the DCHA Employee Association for their donation of $250.

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