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Gifts of Love

The ICS Gifts of Love program helps families who do not have enough at particularly demanding times of year: the holidays and back to school. We match pre-screened families in need with generous individuals, organizations and faith partners to provide gifts during the holiday season and during the summer months we hold a backpack and school supply drive to help kids get a great start to the school year.

Gifts of Love – Backpack and School Supply Drive! You may think it is early to ask with the current school year just ending, but a new school year is right around the corner! That is why we are collecting backpacks and school supplies now through July 24th in preparation for the 1,500 or more children that will turn to ICS for their school supply needs this year.

Your caring donations empower children in grades K-12 to return to school with the supplies they need.

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K-2nd Grade

Backpack
Paper
Scissors
Glue Sticks (2)
Markers (12 pack)
Pencil Box
Erasers
Crayons
Pencils (6)

3rd-5th Grade

Backpack
Binder
Paper
Spirals
Scissors
Glue Sticks
Folders
Markers
Ruler
Erasers
Crayons
Pencils

6th-12th Grade

Backpack
Binder
Paper
Spirals
Scissors
Glue Sticks
Folders

Colored Pencils
Ruler
Highlighters
Protractors
Erasers
Pencils
Pens

From Our Recipients

“I was so worried and heartbroken that I couldn’t provide my children with any gifts this Christmas. I can’t explain the appreciation I have towards your thoughtfulness and heart for my family,”
— Clarissa, an unemployed, single mother of 5.

“Dear Sir/Ma’am, Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I had not thought of Christmas this year. I felt content for us to keep our house and stay in the neighborhood where my girls go to school. I am so thankful for you’re your help and look forward to a better year! God bless, and many thanks.”
— Annette, single mother of 3

Stories of Lives Changed

Mary, a single mother, came to ICS for help with her utilities. As she talked with the ICS case worker, Mary mentioned she was concerned that her 13-year-old son Miguel had no role models and was falling in with the wrong crowd while she was at work. He loved sports and dreamed of playing football, but Mary couldn’t afford to purchase the equipment and uniform he needed to join his middle school team. Through the Youth Enrichment and Activities program ICS was able to cover these costs. Miguel joined the team and his mother reports he had a great year. “His mental outlook has improved. He learned respect for his coach and team members. He made new friends, and he’s doing much better in school.”

Esther is like many ICS Mobile Meals recipients. After undergoing major surgery she had to move into an apartment at an assisted living facility. Her new home puts medical help close by but it doesn’t include meals. With limited mobility and few resources, Esther often struggled to get food that met her health needs. Everything changed when she called ICS. “I used to wonder where my next meal was coming from,” Esther said. “This made all the difference in the world. Mobile Meals saved my life.” Esther receives two meals each weekday. The food is freshly prepared by one of ICS’s Mobile Meals community partners—local health and senior living facilities—and it meets her doctor’s requirements. “The meals are thought out—well-balanced and well-prepared,” she commented. “The folks who make the meals put their heart and soul into it.” As important as the food is, Esther says she gets so much more from ICS Mobile Meals. “The volunteers don’t just deliver the food. They stop and visit, ask me about myself and tell me about themselves. They cheer you up. It’s a little bit of sunshine. You find yourself looking forward to it.”