October 7, 2016

Meet Tammy.

Tammy was a stay-at-home mom and had not worked outside the house for some time. Following her divorce, she found herself jobless and needing a steady income.

When Tammy came to CSL, Work Express helped her create a résumé, she used the computer lab, and was given job leads. 

Tammy and her daughter also received help with school supplies, the Christmas store, and emergency assistance to help make ends meet.

It was important to Tammy that she found a job that allowed her to be home when her daughter was home. Through perseverance, she found a job with the Independence School District. Today, Tammy is giving back by working as a volunteer for CSL, and assists annually at CSL's Noland Road office Christmas Store.

October 7, 2016

Some of you might delete this email after reading this next sentence...

Christmas is in 79 days.

I realize I've jumped the gun, and we still have Thanksgiving and other great Fall activities ahead of us. However, for CSL, we have to complete our Christmas preparations before Thanksgiving to make sure we can serve children and families in our area. We expect to distribute more than 7,500 Christmas presents and 2,000 Christmas meal baskets to local families in 2016, and we can't do it without your help!

A question I've asked myself several times is why does CSL continue our legacy of helping families during the Holiday season? Thanksgiving and Christmas support don't directly contribute to our work in alleviating poverty in our area. The Holiday season, for most families, is full of hustle and bustle and can be very emotional. I know for me personally, I can get tied up in the emotion of all the fun and spend way more money than I should on events or gifts for loved ones.

In 2015, CSL'...

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