Christmas Families/Hearts of Hope

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
— Matthew 2:11

It has been a tradition that our church family helps make Christmas merrier for many local needy families.  We typically serve over 50 families each Christmas. However, we are moving forward in faith to make a difference in the lives of 70 this year.  To each family, we deliver the makings of a Christmas dinner, other nonperishable food, and some gifts for the children. Through the years we have delivered to families where the gifts we brought were the only ones the children received.  We ask if the children have the essentials of a warm winter coat, boots, hat, gloves & snow pants; if they do not, we provide those items as well.  Additionally, each child will receive a new pair of jeans, a sweatshirt or sweater, and one toy or craft item. We also do a Family Activity Box that includes crayons, paper, flash cards, new/used puzzles, and new/used children’s books, or anything to keep active minds positively stimulated.

The economy is challenging ALL of us – church families and these needy Christmas Families.  If every church family shared just one or two of the needed items, the financial burden would not fall heavily on a few and a Merry Christmas will be shared by ALL. You can help in the following ways:

  • Choose a nonperishable food item or items (the more the merrier) from the above list, andbring them to Church.  No cooking!
     
  • Choose a gift item you would like to buy for a child by taking the corresponding Heart from our commons in December, sign your name next to the gift, buy the gift, wrap it and place the Heart on the outside so we know what is inside.
     
  • Bring in donations of new & used children’s books, puzzles, drawing items, crayons, coloring books, workbooks, drawing paper, colored paper, notebook paper, flash cards, children’s videos/CDs/DVDs and anything that would keep a young mind active positively!  There will be a donation box in the narthex in December.
     
  • Make a Christmas ham donation of $10.00.  We provide a Christmas ham to each Christmas Family.  Because we do not have enough freezer space for that number of hams, we ask for $10.00 donations, and then we purchase hams and pick them up on the morning of our deliveries.  Please place your Christmas ham donation in the envelopes provided at sign-up table and give to either Sue Thompson, the offering plate, or the church office staff.
     
  • Give a money donation or write a check to the church designated for "Christmas Families."  Make donations as soon as possible to the church office or give it to Dee Jenkins. The youth of our church help with shopping and wrapping.

 

We will wrap and box food items on Saturday, December 17 at 9 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to come and help!  

Thank you for caring and sharing!!!

For more information, or to bring a material donation for needy families January-November, contact Sue Thompson.