December 20, 2013

United Way teams up with Target to Share-A-Tree with families in need

United Way teams up with Target to Share-A-Tree with families in need

Since 1990 Target has celebrated the season by donating holiday trees in the store to local United Ways across the country. Since 1990, the organizations have partnered to bring some holiday cheer to local shelters, child cares, or families who may not have otherwise been able to afford or have access to decorations. The Share-a-Tree program inspires everyone to find unique ways to give back and lift someone else’s spirit.

This year, United Way of Cass-Clay chose Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership's Transitional Housing Program to receive the tinsel trees and lawn décor. The Transitional Housing program provides supportive services for homeless families who have a strong desire to break the cycle of homelessness and are willing to work toward specific goals.  On Tuesday, we visited the Fargo and Moorhead Target and delivered the items to the Transitional housing families’ holiday party where they were able to select which decorations they would like to bring home to add a festive feel to their new homes.

Colleen Murray, Family & Community Services Director, shared “A huge thank you to Target and the United Way of Cass-Clay for the generous donation of holiday decorations to the families that are part of the Housing Programs at Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership. It was a delight to see the joy in each child's eyes as they selected the decorations for their apartment.  One child looked at me and said with excitement, "We get to pick out a Christmas tree, too!". This thoughtful gift provided an opportunity for families who are part of a program to help them maintain housing stability after exiting homelessness to make their apartments feel like home for the holidays. On behalf of each of these families, thank you and Happy Holidays!”

Thank you to Target for being the ONE this holiday season to so many families. United Way of Cass-Clay is proud to partner with you! 

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