DePaul Holiday Helpers

By: Marcia Dlutek, Vice President of Communications/Development

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From your heart to theirs.

That perhaps best describes the mission behind the DePaul Holiday Helpers Program. For over 15 years, DePaul has helped make the holiday season brighter for our clients through the Holiday Helpers Program which matches consumers in DePaul’s mental health residential and treatment programs with generous donors who make their holiday wishes come true.

It’s as simple as that.

Helping wishes become reality

DePaul continuously assists clients in overcoming challenges as they strive to manage their symptoms, become more independent, and establish positive ties in the community.

As the holidays approach, some of these individuals find themselves alone or separated from their families. What a difference it makes for someone in need to be remembered, to have a wish become reality.

Last year, over 110 individuals benefited from this effort thanks to the support of many caring hearts (view the 2012 Thank You video).

DePaul Holiday Helpers collage 2013

You may elect to actually purchase items that a client has specifically wished for, or make a monetary donation that will allow DePaul to purchase the requested items. Past wish lists have included requests as simple as a piece of chocolate cake, socks, cat toys, or diapers…or as practical as a coat or boots.

“Thank you” just isn’t enough

Our donors are special souls indeed. Somehow, just saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough to express our deep gratitude for all of the caring gifts given, many going above and beyond the wish list requests. It’s obvious the items are thoughtfully and carefully chosen and the recipients never fail to be delighted by the great generosity shown to them.

If you would like more information about the Holiday Helpers Program, along with specific information on how to adopt someone in need, please contact Amy Cavalier at (585) 719-3102 or at We look forward to possibly speaking with you more about this special opportunity.

Gifts and/or donations should be dropped off at the DePaul Administration Building at 1931 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624 by Thursday, December 5.

If you, your family, your service group, club, place of worship or place of business would like to make a contribution to the program, donations can be forwarded to: DePaul “Holiday Helpers,” 1931 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624.

Thank you for remembering those we serve at DePaul. Best wishes for a joyous season!

Please help spread the word about DePaul’s Holiday Helpers Program so that we can continue to make their holiday wishes come true by sharing this blog post on social media. Thank you!

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