Update: Over 100 Families Helped for Christmas 2014!
As has been our tradition for the past 40 years or so, we will again be providing a Christmas Basket of food for the holidays for many families who otherwise might have only very meager fixins’ for their Holiday celebration.
It’s an opportunity for those of us who don’t have to worry much about having what we need to prepare a Christmas dinner for our families to share what we have with another family.
This tradition began back in the days when St. Clare was a very small parish and has continued every year since then, with wide parish support. It is a blessed time for all of us ~ and a very important contribution to those in need.
For those of you who are new to the parish, the idea is that you choose to provide for a family of 2, 4, 6, or 8 – depending on your ability (the lists of what to purchase for the basket are in the Narthex of the church).
Make it an Advent Family project… involve your children in the shopping, talking to them about the importance of reaching out to those in need, sharing what we have. Make it special. Then place the food in a box and bring it to the church on December 21st.
We also offer parents who cannot provide toys/gifts for their children the opportunity to “shop” for toys/gifts — many of you have already brought toys to church (Thank you!!!) — but there are still two more Sundays to do so, and we need still more!
We may especially need gifts for teenagers, so if you’ve yet to buy, you might consider something that a teen boy or girl might like. If you have teenagers of your own, ask them to help you choose/purchase a gift to give another teen.
We need lots of participation in this event to make it the special St. Clare Gift to the community that it has been for so long. We are honored to have our friends at Union Church participate this year by providing for some of the families whose names we have. But we need you to also buy for a a family!
Thanks to Union Church ~ and to each of you!!! It takes a village….. and we have that village!