Holiday Spirit Lasts All Year Long

It’s way past Christmas, but the effects of NetEffects’ charitable efforts to support a single mom with four children will last all year long.

Last quarter’s company charitable focus was on the Post-Dispatch’s 100 Neediest Cases. A working mom with two boys and two girls was our choice. The mom had just lost her car (she loaned it to her brother and he totaled it), had to ride the bus to work and at the same time keep up with a 14 year old daughter, 12 year and six year old sons and a three year old daughter. Mom said she needed rent help so she could have a few dollars to buy Christmas gifts for the children.

NetEffects’ staff donated more than $1,700 to fulfill Mom’s wish list, and then some: clothes for all the children, toys for the younger ones and computers, printers and ink and paper for the two older children who needed them for schoolwork. And for the cleaning items Mom wanted, a laundry basket full of everything she would need to keep her home sparkling. Add to that payment of the rent for a month, $100 in food gift certificates, games for the family to play and warm blankets against the winter chill and everyone felt comfortable that they had accomplished their mission — help make this a better family Christmas for a family in need. One generous consultant, Kishan Bagam, even donated a much needed computer that will be very helpful with the children’s homework.

The staff wrapped all the gifts and delivered them to Kingdom House for distribution to the family. Kingdom House is a social service agency serving residents of the near the southside of Saint Louis since 1902. Their prime concern is providing social and community services for families, children and individuals under stress, including child care, and direct material relief. It’s sponsored by the United Methodist Church and is a United Way agency.

As the saying goes: “Mission Accomplished.”