It’s the middle of November, and that means it’s once again time to start up our annual Christmas Outreach (incredibly!). This year, we’ll be doing things a similar to last year. We’re going to make the outreach open only to those kids and families who are a part of our weekly activities (approximately 75-100). We’re going to ask the parents/guardians of our kids this question:
“If you had an extra $50 to spend on each of your kids for Christmas, what would you buy them? It could be anything clothing, toys, shoes – you name it. It could be more than one item – as long as the total is no more than $50. What would you choose?”
Mission 2540 will then shop, purchase, and wrap the gifts on their wish list. Like we did with the school supplies, we’re then asking parents to partner with us and make an investment of $5 per child to purchase their gifts from us. (We’ll then use that money to assist with next year’s outreach). We’ll set up a “shop” at each of our apartment complexes the week before Christmas at our annual Christmas parties, and they’ll come get the gifts from us then. This is both a great way to bless families who are struggling this time of year while at the same time giving them ownership in the process of providing their children with gifts.
To pull this off, we need your help! There are three ways you can play a part:
1) You can purchase the gifts for a child (or two or a whole family). Once I have all the lists together (hopefully before Thanksgiving), I will send you the name and needs, wants, sizes, etc. You’ll go out and purchase and wrap the gifts. Again, the limit per child will be $50.
2) Donate money to Mission 2540 designated “Christmas Outreach.” Mail to PO Box 20771, Amarillo 79114. $50 will cover one child, but if that’s more than you can give, give half the amount toward the child. Or donate enough for more than one child if you can. We’ll take the money that’s donated and go shopping for the gifts. Which brings us to…
3) If you like to shop, we’ll be happy to let you head out and shop for however many kids you desire. We’ll get you the list and the money, and you can help us out in a huge way by purchasing and wrapping a bunch of presents for us.
Our Christmas outreach is always a huge undertaking, and we can’t pull this off without your help – so please pray and think on what role you can play. It’s one of the most fun parts of our year and a HUGE blessing to struggling families.