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Holladay Journal

Holiday giving is available through Operation Chimney Drop

Dec 04, 2019 09:24AM ● By Sona Schmidt-Harris

Holladay citizens will have the opportunity to give this season with Operation Chimney Drop. (With permission from Antonio Lexerot/Holladay)

By Sona Schmidt-Harris | [email protected]

There is a great opportunity to give back this holiday season.

Holly Smith, assistant to the city manager, said, “The City of Holladay serves as a public sector member of the Utah Community Action (UCA) Board of Trustees.”  

UCA sponsors Operation Chimney Drop. The organization provides winter clothing as well as hygiene products to vulnerable or at-risk families. They serve children under the age of 18 and homebound seniors.

“Last year UCA served about 800 children in poverty and 40 homebound seniors from all six of their programs,” Smith said.

“I have the privilege to serve on the UCA Board of Trustees and my family sponsored four children through Operation Chimney Drop last year. Even though the gifts provided are simple — a new coat, a new pair of boots and a small toy — the impact is significant. Not only do children receive much-needed items to keep them warm during the winter months, but those giving are also reminded of the true spirit of Christmas. I know my two sons have become more aware of the needs of others and our collective responsibility to give back to our community. My family appreciates the opportunity to serve and care for others through this program,” Smith said.

This year, Operation Chimney Drop will be held on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the James R. Russell location (1240 N. American Beauty Dr., Salt Lake City; (801) 323-3900).

If you’re interested in donating or want to learn more, contact Carla Frein at [email protected] or call (801) 214-3194.

UCA also sponsors Stuff a Tummy at Thanksgiving. UCA can match donors with high need families. Meals donated include a turkey certificate, potatoes, dressing, dinner rolls, canned vegetables, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, gravy, butter and Jell-O. Monetary donations are also accepted.

Do you have a holiday giving opportunity? Feel free to contact the City Journals at (801) 254-5974. The Holladay Journal may put your giving opportunity in the online edition!