Just as COVID has affected and changed the way many of us will celebrate this year, it has also changed how we are able to conduct our annual “Santa Sleigh” project. Normally, we purchase gifts from the families’ wish lists and then enjoy fellowship together as we wrap all the gifts. Although we will miss not being able to do all that, the Spirit of Christmas is still with us.
The Outreach Committee will still host the “Santa Sleigh” project this year but with a bit of a twist. Instead of individual gifts, we will be giving the families gift cards. The school counselors at Belmont Elementary, Norwood Park Elementary and Northeast High have provided us the names and a short description of a family from their school that is in need and included their gift card wishes. The list is as follows:
A single mom with health issues related to COVID-19 has two boys, ages 14 and 16. They have requested gift cards to WalMart and Casey’s.
A grandmother is raising two grandsons, one in kindergarten and the other in second grade. Their requests were for gift cards to WalMart and McDonalds.
Norwood Park Elementary
A single mom, whose husband passed away, has three boys, Gabriel, 4 years old and twins, Kadien and Jaiden, age 5. The family requested gift cards to WalMart, Target, Russ’ Market for groceries, Domino’s Pizza, Lost in Fun and Defy Gravity.
If you would like to help “Santa” provide for a wonderful Christmas for any of these families, you can either give a cash donation to the “Santa Sleigh” project or purchase a gift card (in any amount) and leave it at the church office. Our deadline is December 16 as the schools have requested the committee bring the gift cards to their school by December 18th for delivery to the families. Because we aren’t able to give actual wrapped gifts for the children to open, the committee will choose a festive way to deliver the gift cards to make this Christmas special for them.
Be well, stay safe and we hope you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
The Outreach Committee