Money collected, presents bought, gifts wrapped, packages delivered . . . Our church’s Christmas Outreach project has been completed! Starting back in July, our weekly “Building Up the Temple” mission offering for 3Q/2017 was allocated for Christmas Outreach. For the second year, we teamed up with the Licking County Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program providing gifts to local families who need some extra help at Christmas.
We applied and were provided names, ages, sizes, etc. for two local families enrolled in the program through the Salvation Army. Shirley Pest and Veronica Van Horn made a GREAT shopping team! They scoured the stores and came up with great gifts for all. We were able to provide pajamas, hat & scarf, boots, two toys, and a filled stocking for each of the children on our list. Each family also received some gift cards to use for holiday food.
The next step found Susie Fox wrapping the gifts, adding name tags, and filling the stockings with all the things Veronica & Shirley purchased! Per the program guidelines, each family’s wrapped gifts were then placed in bags labeled with their “Adopt-A-Family” number.
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, Dean & Susie Fox delivered the bags of gifts to the Licking County Salvation Army location at 250 East Main Street in Newark, OH.
Our gifts were added to a LOT of others being collected. Then several additional volunteers organize the bags collected from the donors and have them ready for the families when they come to pick them up the following week!