Spirit of Giving
The Sun Prairie Spirit of Giving Program matches families in need of gifts and food for their children during the December holiday season with community members who want to help. This program provides assistance to families who live in or attend the Sun Prairie Area School District. The application process begins in early November with food and gift distribution happening early December.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Spirit of Giving | I Need Help
Families wanting help, with children ages birth-18 and either attending school in the Sun Prairie Area School District or living in the city of Sun Prairie (if your child/ren do not attend school because not school-aged, home-schooled, etc.), can apply on-line starting November 2nd through November 16th or until we reach a max of 500 applications.
If your family applied for and qualified for the free or reduced lunch program for the 2020/2021 school year you will be contacted by the Sun Prairie Area School District Nutrition Department by phone, text, and/or email about how to apply for the 2020 Spirit of Giving program.
If your family lives in Sun Prairie and did not apply or qualify for the free and reduced school lunch program, but would like assistance for the holidays, please contact email@example.com or call 608-352-8555 for information on how to apply.
- November 1 – Application opens
- November 15 (OR when we receive 500 applicants) – Application closes
Spirit of Giving | I Want to Help
Join us as we sponsor more than 1,500 children with gifts and 500 families with boxes of food to help with holiday celebrations! With this program community members sponsor families so that each child receives a gift for the holidays. In late fall students in Sun Prairie schools collect food so that each family also receives a food box with their gifts.
*COVID-19 update: This year there will not be school food drives but instead we will be asking for donations to cover the cost of food boxes (about $40 each, a total cost of $20,000!)
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.
- November 16 – Database of families to sponsor opens (the link will be available here/sunshineplace.org )
- December 9 – Gift Intake/Drop off Day (Sunshine Supper facility,1632 W. Main St)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like more information.
Here’s how the Spirit of Giving Program 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 but age, gender and school are listed.
Community members can choose children to sponsor by family (we will have families with 1 child or multiple children). Sponsors should plan to spend between $40-$50 per child they sponsor. 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.
Gifts and food are usually distributed on the second Saturday of December. Families drive through the parking lot of the Sunshine Supper Building to receive their food and gifts, never even needing to leave their cars! Volunteers work together that day to make it easy for our sponsored families to receive their gifts and food boxes.