Can you believe it??!! Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming soon. Food, gifts, families, and friends are in our thoughts. Our households also often look for opportunities to make the holidays special for those who might not have as many resources as ourselves. Here at St. Paul we have traditionally offered some options that may be just the ticket for your holiday giving.
Holiday Baskets – We can support the Calhan Pantry by donating money for food for those who qualify for help to put holiday meals on their tables for their families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Toys – The pantry accepts applications from families with children up to age 12 who could use help in putting gifts for their kiddos under the tree. We can bring toys in new (or virtually new) condition for our Pantry Toy Box for children (and/or donate cash for the Pantry to do the toy shopping) and brighten young faces at Christmas.
Angel-Angel – Not to be forgotten are teens ages 13 to 18 who qualify to submit a small Christmas wish list for your shopping adventure. This gifting possibility for you shows up on the Christmas tree in the narthex each year with angel tags you can take and be an angel to these teen angels who also apply through the Pantry.
Senior Christmas Store – Our relationship with the Good Samaritan Home in Simla continues through the year with monthly worship and an annual Christmas Store. Our members have generously given items for the residents at Good Samaritan to Christmas “shop” for themselves or someone special in their lives. When they ask how much they have to pay they are told the cost to the residents is nothing, though a sweet smile, a warm hug, or a glad heart is always accepted.
ELCA Good Gifts – Similar to the Heifer Project is the ELCA’s Good Gifts program. We highlight this program after you empty the Angel-Angel tree with gifting suggestions that range from bees and chicks to garden tools and immunizations; from sheep and pigs to tuition and education supplies; from micro-loans for women to wells and garden watering systems and much more. For those on your list who have everything they want or need, a Good Gift in their name or in honor of grandchildren or in memory of loved ones can be a treasured present at Christmas (or anytime).
Your Special Charity – and of course you have other ways and places to give not listed here that are blessed and important as well.
More details will be coming, but the Social Ministry Commission wanted to give you a heads-up.
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