Proteus to Serve Families for the Holidays

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Proteus to Serve Families for the Holidays

On December 10, 2020, the Proteus team in Des Moines, IA is set to serve 80 local families, including more than 200 kids as they celebrate the holiday season.

Thanks to a partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation along with generous donors Broadlawns Medical Center and the Davis Brown Law Firm, Proteus can make an impact on how farmworker families in central Iowa celebrate the holidays.

“During this holiday season, Broadlawns Medical Center is proud to support Proteus and the hundreds of families it serves within Polk County. In what has been a truly challenging year, Broadlawns Medical Center and Proteus have a shared vision for attending to the healthcare needs of our community.” Says Katie Wengert, Broadlawns Medical Center’s Chief Marketing and External Relations Officer

This is year 30 for the Proteus team in serving the community through the Toys-for-Tots event. Proteus is seeing more than double the increase in applications this year compared to last year and they’re even seeing families that used to be Toys-for-Tots donors now need the service themselves.

Central Iowa Proteus Regional Director Laura Barnett and Proteus staff have been hard at work bringing all the puzzle pieces together for a successful and joy-filled event. Barnett shares “The Toys for Tots event is a favorite here in the Des Moines office. Not only do we get to serve our people and community, but we also can come together as a team to make a difference. We have so many people ready to jump in and support our community, it shows how much everyone at the organization is here for the right reason.”

As Proteus implements COVID-19 precautions and keeps health and safety as a top priority, they look at providing a drive-thru concept this year.

Each family will receive toys for the kids, groceries, a Hy-Vee gift card, a hot meal to-go, facemasks, and a chance to see and wave at Santa!

Immigration Attorney Lori Chesser states, “The Davis Brown Immigration Department is honored to work with amazingly talented individuals from around the globe who contribute to the betterment of our community. In a year of struggle for so many, we hope this donation can bring some joy to the families who work so hard to put food on our tables.”

Thanks to all partners who came together to make this a possibility, including; Costco Wholesale, Justice for Migrant Women, MidAmerican Energy, and the Food Bank of Iowa.

About Proteus, Inc.: Proteus is a multi-state 501c3 non-profit organization that provides services to farmworkers in Iowa, Nebraska, and Indiana. The mission of Proteus is to provide communities health, educational, and economic opportunities.

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