Lighthouse Recovery and Sandy’s House hosting Christmas donation and bed sponsorship drive

December 9, 2022 | 12:06 am

Updated December 8, 2022 | 10:44 pm

Lighthouse Recovery Services and Sandy’s House Director Derrick Arthur is hoping to raise awareness for the services they provide during the organizations’ third annual bed sponsorship program and Christmas donation event, both of which are currently underway.

Sandy’s House is a facility dedicated to providing services for women, and falls under the umbrella of Lighthouse Recovery. They both offer an 18-month program to help clients with substance abuse issues.

Items needed include cleaning supplies, kitchen supplies, hygiene, books, and much more. There’s no limit on home much a client can receive from a donor.

Arthur said that any monetary donations that exceed what is needed for supplies goes toward work on the building or other necessary upkeep.

Bust most of the donations go toward helping a person in recovery find their way back into the real world and learn skills to help them acclimate.

The Sponsor a Bed program started in 2019, and since then the organization has been able to provide supplies and also expand the building when needed.

“We get a lot of individual sponsorships,” Arthur said. “…So to see individuals in the community support us has been great.”

Lighthouse Recovery is accepting household item donations for both houses to ensure the clients have a Christmas gift for the season.

Arthur said they accept items from sanitary goods to snacks and even laundry baskets.

The goal is to receive 40 of each item on the list for the men’s house and 10 of each for the women’s house. For the full list, click here.

“It’s a rough time of the year for some and so this is an opportunity for us to be able to just get some simple things for the individuals here, to really just show them that people care about them and that they want to help them out,” he said.

The last day to donate to the Christmas baskets and items is December 16, while Sponsor a Bed options will be available until January 6.

Arthur said going into 2023, he hopes to connect more with the community and raise natural community support and help unify people around their mission. He also hopes to keep a strong bond with the graduates from their program.

“I’m seeing a lot of the fruits of the earlier guys that I’ve worked with …  I love that we’re finally getting this cycle of those who have been helped or now want to help those behind them,” he said.

For more information on how to donate to either drive, visit here.

December 9, 2022 | 12:06 am

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