Join us this year as we sponsor 1,200 children with gifts and more than 400 families with boxes of food and turkeys 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. Your sponsorship of these children and donations of food means so much to the families. You are joining a community of thousands who are working together to make Christmas a little brighter in Sun Prairie. Did you know? This program is a true community effort! Students in elementary and middle school will soon be collecting food to support the Spirit of Giving program food boxes - watch for those details from your child’s school in November. 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 as we prepare to donate the food. If you are new to our gift-giving program, here's how it works: *** In mid-November, we will 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. Children’s wishes cost no more than $35 apiece. *** Community members can choose children to sponsor by family (we will have families with 1 child or multiple children available to sponsor). Families get sponsored very quickly, but the database will remain open until the first week of December. *** On December 6, you'll bring your unwrapped gifts to the Sunshine Supper facility so that we can get them ready to give to the families. Once you sign-up we will send you many more details. 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 will be distributed to families on December 9. Gifts remain unwrapped and in their family bags so that the parents/guardians can see the gifts and wrap them. About 30 volunteers work together that day to make it as easy for our sponsored families to receive their gifts and food boxes.