Valley nonprofit making Christmas special for 400 moms and kids in need

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A Phoenix-area nonprofit is spreading joy this Christmas by gifting more than 400 moms and kids with presents.

Maggie’s Place, which helps and houses new and expectant moms in need collects and wraps hundreds of donated items from area families, businesses and churches.

Ahead of the holidays, single Moms are asked to fill out wish lists for themselves and each child in their care.

Moms can ask for three items: something they need, something they want, and something to play with, read or share.

Then truck loads of gifts are collected, stored and wrapped by volunteers at Maggie’s Place’s Christmas House, housed at a Tempe-area church.

Moms eligible for these Christmas gifts have received help from the volunteers and staff at Maggie’s Place for a variety of reasons including falling on hard times, drug use, rape, abusive relationships, lack of employment experience, mental illness and limited education.

The program shelters moms in need at a hospitality house during their pregnancy and up until their baby is six months old.

During that time Maggie’s Place provides for their physical and emotional needs by providing them food, clothing, shelter and a support system.

Women in the program are also be connected with other resources they may need including health insurance, affordable housing, continued education, and prenatal care.

This holiday drive is just one of the many ways the nonprofit works to help pregnant and new moms reach their goals and shower them with community love and dignity along the way.

Before Christmas the moms will be given discreet bags full of gifts so the kids can experience the joy and wonder of Christmas morning.

“They are so grateful even for the littlest things that I so often take for granted,” said Christi Boujikian with Maggie’s Place, ” I remember talking to one mom who was so happy that she received a fresh set of towels when she moved in so needless to say they are overjoyed about the generosity provided to them at Christmas”.

Maggie’s Place first opened its doors in 2000, The Magdalene hospitality House shelters up to eight pregnant and parenting women at a time.

Maggie’s Place still needs volunteers to help sort and wrap presents. You are invited to join staff and volunteers Thursday, December 17, 2016 for the a gift wrapping party. 

Click here to RSVP or contact Laurel Coil for additional volunteer opportunities at (602) 262-5555 lcoil@maggiesplace.org.

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