Isabel’s Tree & Holiday FAQs
Our community loves to give. Whether it’s time, money, items, or a voice, we believe that every gift matters, because every kid matters. Take a look below at the ways you can help Isabel’s House over the holidays…
I can only give a few dollars… will it make a difference?
YES! This holiday season, the best way to support our kids and families and join us in our mission to prevent child abuse & neglect in our community is by adding your light to Isabel’s Tree. Over the past eight years, this local campaign sponsored by Houlihan’s and supported by dozens of area businesses has raised over $215,000 for Isabel’s House! Whether you give $1, $10, $100 or more, for every $10 raised between now and the New Year, our friends at Houlihan’s will light up one more bulb on our tree.
How does Isabel’s Tree help?
Last year, Isabel’s House provided 24/7 care to 311 children from 155 different families who were facing a crisis here in the Ozarks, and your efforts to light Isabel’s Tree helped us meet the essential needs for 28 of those children. Your light changes lives, promotes strong, stable families, and helps ensure brighter futures for every child in our community. THANK YOU for adding your light again this year.
How do I add my light to Isabel’s Tree?
Donations in any amount for the lighting of Isabel’s Tree can be made on our website or at one of our amazing local partners for 2017:
- Houlihan’s (both locations)
- Mama Jeans Natural Market (all locations)
- Qdoba (all locations)
- MJ’s Deli
- Acacia Spa
- Travellers House Coffee & Tea
- Macadoodles (Republic & N. Glenstone locations)
- Pigtails & Crewcuts
- Springfield Music
- Tropical Smoothie Cafe (N. Glenstone location)
- Cross-Midwest Tire (Strafford)
- Itty Bitty City
- Ellecor Design & Gifts
- SkyZone Trampoline Park
Every dollar counts! Donate today and help us make this year’s Isabel’s Tree the brightest it has EVER been. Have questions about being involved in our holiday campaign? Please contact our Development Team!
Holiday Parties & Gifts
Children who are staying at Isabel’s House during a holiday, their birthday, or other special occasions, such as their first day of school, are invited to celebrate. Our team is on-duty 24/7/365, and we pour our hearts into special meals, treats, and parties – we’re inspired when kids at Isabel’s House feel loved, encouraged, and hopeful.
I really want to go shopping for Isabel’s House. What should I look for?
Isabel’s House serves boys and girls, ages 0 to 12, and we meet every basic need. This may look different from week to week, but some of our biggest needs are persistent: healthy snacks, new shoes, and formula. And when it comes to toys, games, movies, and books, our shopping list looks a lot like your shopping list: the newer it is, the more our kids want it! Need more ideas?
- Shop from our Wish List – our most pressing needs, including things like Baby Wipes
- Check out our Holiday Registry at Target – things that can mean a lot to our team
- Contact us about adopting a “Christmas Miracle” – items that we don’t usually publish
Will there be children at Isabel’s House on Christmas day?
We expect to have children staying at Isabel’s House before, during, and after Christmas. Still, every crisis is different, and situations can change rapidly for our families… on the week before Christmas, we may be caring for 12 baby girls, and by Christmas day, we may be celebrating with 12 school-age boys!
Because the ages and stages of our children can change so much from day to day, our team is looking for a handful of “Angels-In-Waiting” to serve as holiday gift buyers for the children and the families of the children who we have at Isabel’s House in the days leading up to Christmas. Please contact our Development Team if you would be willing to take a call from us on December 23-24 with a very special Christmas shopping list.
Can my family or group come visit the children, throw them a party, prepare a meal, play Santa Claus, etc.
Because we offer private and confidential services to our families, most parties and special meals, during the holidays and throughout the year, are hosted by groups of volunteers who are already making regular, anticipated visits to Isabel’s House.
While we are open to the possibility of bringing in additional families or groups to prepare meals and plan parties, we must consider each inquiry on a case-by-case basis. We will not add any new groups to our winter holiday calendar after November 15th. Please contact our Development Team if you would like to be considered to help with a special occasion at Isabel’s House, now or in the future!
Can I adopt a family or a child for the holiday season?
Not at this time, but please consider joining our “Angels-in-Waiting” (see above).
The mission of Isabel’s House keeps us focused on meeting the immediate needs of children and families in crisis. Our connection with a family continues for at least one year after a child leaves our care, and our Family Advocates connect parents and caregivers to resources in our community that can offer the kind of help they need to be strong and stable. Though we do not adopt out Isabel’s House families at this time, our team connects our families with agencies providing robust, well-developed holiday assistance programs.
CLICK HERE to learn about more ways to give, including our “Donor Next Door” monthly giving program, as well as information on special year-end gifts and available tax credits!