THE HOLIDAY PROJECT--People

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people confined Each year, many of the more than two rnillion to hospitals, are alone and nursing homes, and prisons, many forgotten during the holiday season. At the same tine, individuals in communities across the country feel the same wdy, often searching to make their holiday for opportunities seasons more meaningful. The Holiday Project is such an opportunity.

The Holiday Project began in L97l-, when eight people in San joined together patients Francisco to visit in a loca1 on Christmas Day and share Christmas dinner. The hospital project grew, over the years, to include Chanukah as well as Christmas, and visits to prisons, nursing homes, psychiatric ds well facilities, shelters for battered wives and children, in L980, The as to hospitals. Since its forrnal incorporation Holiday Project has expanded to rnore than l-00 communities. In the l-986 holiday season, 22,000 participants visited nearly 2OO,000 people in 2,000 institutions--an accomplishment made possible by a corps of 2,7OO management volunteers. In takes many forms. Participation in The Holiday Project addition to visiting and serving on a managlement team, people parties, provide entertainment. make gifts, attend gift-wrap or monthly pledges Individuals nake direct cash donations, while corporations, through rrFriends of The Holiday Projectrrr contribute in addition to making generous cash donations, programs and by donating merchandise through matchinq gift for gifts. recognition and Each year The Holiday Project receives In acclaim from local governments and state legislatures. such recognition from President December of l-985 it received Ronald Reagan.

1388 Sutter Street #500, SanFrancisco, CA94109 (415) 474-7285

as a in California is incorporated The Holiday Project gualifying for tax corporation not-for-profit charitable Revenue exemption under Section 50L(c) (3) of the Internal regional teams, by committees, code. It is rnanaged by local by the Executive committee (also all volunteers), a national Russell, and by the Board of Director, Dr. Elizabeth Directors. is to provide the The purpose of The Holiday Project to, and be contributed opportunity for people to contribute, during in institutions by being with others while visiting season, and by and Chanukah holiday the Christmas participating The in activities that support such visits. and those who relationship created between those visited and Visited visit is at the heart of The Holiday Project. of giving, in the true spirit alike receive the gift visitors of the holiday season. trWe gave and the to each have rny gifts and sang songs, but it was as if the sonqs gifts were just the excuse we used to be close Now f have only to remember that day to other. hotiday be the way I always wanted it to be. rl A Holiday Project Volunteer

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