Join us as we sponsor more than 1,300 children with gifts, and more than 425 families with boxes of food to help with holiday celebrations! Many of our neighbors in this community could use an extra hand around the holidays to provide for their children. With this program, community members sponsors families so that the children each receive a gift for the holidays. And every year, in late fall, students in elementary and middle school collect food to support the Spirit of Giving program food boxes. In other words, this program is a true community effort! We also partner with many area churches to get the children on our list sponsored for a gift. If you choose someone to sponsor at your church, you are probably working with the Spirit of Giving Program and helping Sun Prairie kids. Many area businesses and organizations also support our program each year, by donating funds and sponsoring children. The Sun Prairie Food Pantry's help is also critical. If you are new to the Spirit of Giving Program, here's how it works: *** In mid-November, we open a database (accessed via this website) that shows the specific wishes of hundreds of kids. These are all Sun Prairie families who qualify to participate. Names are kept anonymous. Sponsors should plan to spend between $35-$50 per child they sponsor. *** Community members can choose children to sponsor by family (we will have families with 1 child or multiple children). Families get sponsored very quickly, but the database will remain open until the first week of December. *** Once you sign-up to sponsor, you'll receive information about when to bring your unwrapped gifts to the Sunshine Supper facility so that we can get them ready to give to the families. In addition to sponsoring children with gifts, you can also contribute donations toward food boxes. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org. *** Gifts and food are usually distributed on the second Saturday of December. Gifts remain unwrapped and in their family bags so that the parents/guardians can see the gifts and wrap them if they choose. About 30 volunteers work together that day to make it as easy for our sponsored families to receive their gifts and food boxes.