SPRINGFIELD – Many families in Lane County will have a bright 2017 holiday season because of the Christmas Giving Program, organized by Catholic Community Services of Lane County. The program, an ongoing tradition, matched 77 Lane County families in need with gifts from sponsors, including local businesses, households, and parishes.

“This is a wonderful tradition of generosity,” said Tom Mulhern, executive director of Catholic Community Services of Lane County. “We’re grateful to all of the community sponsors that will provide a wonderful Christmas for families in need.”

The Christmas Giving Program provides Christmas gifts for families currently being assisted by CCS Self-Supporting Families programs. The programs focus on finding affordable housing, educating fathers to become successful parents and strengthening families.

Families in the programs often are going through hard times.

“The commitment made by our local partners to sponsor families at Christmastime helps to provide special holiday memories and has a concrete and positive psychological impact on parents and children during this blessed time of year,” said a statement from Catholic Community Services.