Operation Christmas Now Underway

Operation Christmas 2018 is underway! First Lutheran Church, along with the caring help of Hayward United Methodist Church and Ascension Episcopal Church, are undertaking the annual Christmas Project.  Last year we gave boxes of food, along with mittens, hats and children’s gifts to 210 families in Sawyer County. This year, once again, we plan to provide Christmas blessings to 225 families with your help.

We began taking telephone calls for food boxes on November 19th, and finished taking requests on November 30th. Distribution this year will be on Friday, December 14th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and on Saturday, December 15 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Due to the ability to purchase food through Feed My People (Thank you Linda Graham) at a much reduced price, we are asking you again to consider a monetary donation to be used to purchase the food items for the baskets.

Like last year, we were also able to obtain potatoes, carrots and apples in bulk for repacking, free of charge. A donation of just $25 provides a family with a large box of nutritional food. In addition, each family receives: a coupon for a small ham, a pie, fudge box, and gifts for each child.

This is made possible by the wonderful monetary support provided by Church members. Checks or cash donations can be placed in the Offering using a pew envelope and mark as OPERATION CHRISTMAS; or simply drop off your donation in the Church office. The Operation Christmas Bulletin Board will have RED and GREEN tree tags for the needed $10 to $15 gifts for children through grades 12. Please take a tree tag, purchase, wrap the gift, tape the tag on the gifts then place in the large gift wrapped box by the Bulletin board. Because of size variation, clothes are not recommended. Gift cards are a great idea for teens!

In addition to our wonderful partners who continue to support us faithfully each year; Norske Nook, Tremblay’s Candy, Salvation Army; we have new partners this year: Lake Kids Toy Store and Outdoor Ventures. (both located on Main Street). You will receive a 20% discount on any item purchased (gift cards included) for Operation Christmas at either of these businesses. All you need to do is give them your name and phone number and let them know your purchase is for Operation Christmas. In addition, they will be making a generous donation of toys to the program!

The LAST day to bring gifts to the Church will be Monday, December 10.
HOW AN YOU HELP?

* Donate cash to Operation Christmas for Food Purchases
* Buy and wrap gifts for children
* Bring hats and mittens
* Bring cookies for Shut Ins (Bring to Church by December 16th)
* Volunteer by signing up to work
* Include First Lutheran Outreach Project in your prayers

Thank you, Kathy McCoy, Chairperson
Phone —715-462-3723 Cell—805-813-1828