Women and Children in Need of A Helping Hand This Christmas

SACRAMENTO – Christmas morning will be filled with holiday cheer for formerly homeless women and their children, thanks to Sacramento-area residents who are donating to Women’s Empowerment’s annual Holiday Stocking Drive.

The group is seeking stockings and specific fillers for infants and toddlers, children, teens and adult women. For the list of items needed, visit www.womens-empowerment.org. Residents also can make a financial donation and volunteers will then shop and fill the stockings. The average filled stocking costs $30.

“These remarkable women and children have worked tirelessly to break the cycle of homelessness, and these stockings bring immeasurable holiday cheer to their hearts and their new homes,” said Lisa Culp, executive director.

Women’s Empowerment offers the only comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2009 Nonprofit of the Year has graduated 974 homeless women and their 1,379 children. Last year, 94 percent of graduates found homes and 74 percent found jobs or enrolled in school. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures.

Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community.

Items are needed by Friday, December 7, at 1400 North C Street, Sacramento. For more information, call Kate Towson at (916) 669-2307 or to donate online, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.