Let no child be forgotten! The eight-week enrollment period has begun for The Old Newsboys (ONB) of Flint annual Christmas Box Program. The Christmas Box Program is designed to be a safety net to provide gifts to children (birth-age 18 if still in high school) who are low income or have special circumstances during the holidays and who might otherwise go without. The Program provides a time frame for parents or legal guardians to enroll their child to receive a gift before the holidays.
ONB provides a “basic needs box” which comes with something warm to wear for the winter and a gift. Once a child qualifies for the program, he or she will receive sweatshirt and sweatpants, socks and underclothes, a hat and pair of warm gloves, dental hygiene products, and a new age-appropriate gift.
To enroll for the program, parents must bring their license to prove Genesee County residency, social security card, the children’s birth certificates and either tax records, current Michigan Medicaid card, or documentation from child’s school for being a part of the federal student lunch program. The enrollment period began on Monday Nov. 4 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 21.
In 2018 alone, 6,035 children received a Christmas box from the ONB. For more information visit https://onbflint.org/christmas-box.php