Holiday Challenge Update December 2021

Holiday Challenge Update December 2021

Holiday Challenge Update
December 2021
Rev Jessica Wright

On Sunday, November 7, Kids Against Hunger set up in our gym for volunteers to assemble packages of highly nutritious vitamin-fortified meals. We saw 100 volunteers across three hours who packed a total of 20,352 meals. Send Hope will ship this food to the House of Hope in Honduras. We are grateful to everyone who gave their time and energy to help feed children and their families.

At the same time, our Military Support Group offered the opportunity to stuff stockings for our annual Stockings for Soldiers campaign. With the help of many volunteers, we were able to create 172 stockings which will be sent to men and women who will be deployed over the holidays. The 30 boxes shipped cost $1,054.35 to mail. Thank you for your generosity in bringing in snacks, tissues, jerky, notepads, chapstick, and many other items as well as funding the postage for this expression of love and support for our service members.

As the need for assistance to families increased over the holidays, we supported our partners at All Community Outreach by collecting 377 pounds of food for their Holiday Food Drive in addition to 1,403 pounds donated in September. 

On Tuesday, November 16, our church had the opportunity to help provide the Boyd Elementary Thanksgiving Feast – a time for families to enjoy a holiday meal where they can feel loved and get to share a little bit of the Holiday spirit. Generous donors supplied rolls and gravy for an estimated 300 guests while 19 volunteers from our church helped with setting up, serving, and cleaning up.

 

We also supported the Boyd Elementary Holiday Shop, where students can “buy” gifts for their family members. Two large carloads of gifts as well as holiday shop supplies like gifts bags, wrapping paper, and ribbon were delivered out of your generosity. Two of our church volunteers also served multiple days, helping children chose and wrap gifts. This year, all Boyd students were able to visit the shop at least 3 times, with a total of 2,500 gifts “bought” for their families.

Led by Burna Kennedy and our Sojourners Sunday School class, we collected items for Streetside Showers, which provides mobile hot showers and personal hygiene care to those in need, currently offering services in six cities in northeast Texas. In early December, we were able to deliver just over 300 items including:

  • 19 deodorant
  • 19 toothpaste
  • 32 toothbrushes
  • shampoo
  • 6 soaps
  • 17 ball caps
  • 8 sweaters
  • 10 jackets
  • 19 winter hats
  • 21 pairs of gloves
  • 2 scarves
  • 4 sets of thermal wear/pajamas
  • 13 pairs of shoes
  • 7 pairs of jeans/sweat pants
  • 16 pairs of shorts
  • 13 men’s t-shirts
  • 5 women’s shirts
  • 16 long sleeve shirts
  • 41 pairs of socks
  • 8 pairs of men’s underwear
  • 6 pairs of women’s underwear
  • 4 backpacks
  • 2 blankets

We collected gift items for children, tweens, and teens at the House of Hope in Honduras. The 18 older children have gone without presents for the last two years! So far, we’ve received 95 2 gallon bags stuffed with gifts and necessities and an additional 15 soccer balls.

In honor of the birth of Jesus, we are collecting diapers to benefit The Samaritan Inn. This comprehensive homeless program provides housing as well as teaching self-sufficiency and life skills to meet the needs of individuals and families. On a given night, approximately 160 people sleep at the Inn, of which 1 out of 3 are children. So far, we’ve collected 3,665 diapers!