This year, the Alvis House was chosen by our corporate office at M/I Homes as the recipient of our holiday gift drive and holiday party. M/I Homes was able to work with the Family and Children’s Program to help create a wonderful holiday experience for the women and their families. The Family and Children’s Program works to rebuild relationships which have been affected by a parent’s involvement in the criminal justice system.
In November, M/I Homes team members set out a Christmas tree in our lobby with stockings, gingerbread houses, ornaments and other fun decorations. Each ornament contained a few gift ideas for one of the children in the Family and Children’s Program. Members of our M/I Homes team were encouraged to pick out a child from the tree to bring a gift for. Some departments went in on gifts together, while other employees and family members individually purchased gifts for a child.
Two weeks prior to our scheduled holiday party, M/I Homes attended one of the Family and Children’s Program Saturday sessions to help children in the program put together picture frames for their moms. We also had each of the moms create stockings to give their children at the party. It was a fun experience for all involved!
After collecting over 100 gifts for these families, members of our Employee Activity Committee wrapped each child’s gift, as well as compiled gifts of scarves, jewelry and lotion for the mom’s. On Saturday, December 19th M/I Homes and the Alvis House hosted their holiday party, complete with a visit from Santa, a catered lunch, cookie decorating, craft making and family memories for years to come! Each family had the opportunity to meet Santa, and take family photos to put into their picture frame for their moms to keep. For some families this was the first family photo they had from a Christmas spent together. The M/I Homes team attended this event, ensuring that each child received their presents from Santa, helped to serve food, decorate cookies and enjoyed interacting with each family. Jackie Haight, the Volunteer and Intern Manager for Alvis House said, “The food was good, Santa and the activities were great, and the generous abundance of gifts for the children and moms was amazing! Kudos to your M/I Homes team for making this event so special for our families.”
“The families were so appreciative of this time to spend with their families. You could see how much they appreciated a way to celebrate the holidays with their families! It was truly humbling to be able to be a part of such a memorable day for their families. That’s what the holidays are all about!” said one of our M/I Homes employees, Emily Smith.
Thank you to the Alvis House for letting us be a part of your holiday cheer program. Our M/I Homes team truly enjoyed every minute of it!
**The mission of Alvis House is to serve individuals and families by providing effective programs and services that foster personal responsibility and healthy lifestyles resulting in safer communities for all.