Dec. 16. 2016
to lending a helping hand.
Since 2012, she has
brought joy to the lives of IPS children during the holidays through her charitable
holiday ministry program, The Caring Christmas Project.
The Caring Christmas
Project, which she runs through her faith-based nonprofit organization
Indianapolis for Him, began with a conversation Moed had in late October 2012 with
a social worker from Stephen Foster School 67.
“I asked if she had any kids
that needed help for the holidays and she said she did,” said Moed. That same
social worker also steered Moed to two other schools, Wendell Phillips School
63 and William Penn School 49. They also had families who could benefit from
her assistance of providing students in need with gifts for the holiday.
According to Moed, “we helped just about 300
kids that first year.” The schools provide the list of student names and Moed works to make their holidays a little brighter.
Not working from a
traditional wish list, Moed’s organization requests donations of items that can
be placed in oversized red stockings — things like packaged cocoa, hats, gloves,
books, games and common personal hygiene items. “Churches fill the stockings
with fun things for the kids that we receive from donors,” said Moed.
Larger-scale toys are
donated by others, including the Indiana Pacers. “The Indiana Pacers donated 1,500
toys for our first year of giving and they remain one of our large-scale toy
donors to this day.”
An effort which begins in
the fall, a workshop temporarily housed in the warehouse of the Indy Home
Design Center, and with the assistance from a floating group of volunteers, Moed
assembled 900 stockings this year.
The gifts were delivered Dec.
12-15, with the assistance of the IPS Transportation Department, to Ernie Pyle
School 90, George Washington Carver School 87, Stephen Foster, Wendell Philips,
William Penn, Daniel Webster School 46, James Whitcomb Riley School 43, William
McKinley School 39, and Cold Spring School.
the best way to spread Christmas joy,” said Kirsten Olsen, Pre-K teacher at
James Whitcomb Riley, about the gifts received. “The kids were so excited!
Their parents were really excited, too! One parent was like, ‘Wow, this was so
great! This has made a great difference in what has been a difficult and
she has helped more than 2,600 students since the project started. And she’s
looking to add more schools next year and beyond.
“In 2017, I will add two
more schools, which will bring me to 1,000 students. Then the year after that,
I will add another two schools and a total of 200 additional kids, and that
will bring me will be 1,200,” said Moed.
The Butler University
graduate and Indianapolis resident firmly believes that there are benefits to
offering assistance to IPS students — outside of receiving gifts.
“One day all these children
that we are helping are going to grow up, and they will step up and step out into
their community and help others, all because we showed them love and we helped
them,” said Moed.
For more information about
The Caring Christmas Project, contact Angel Moed at