First Lutheran Church along with the caring help of Hayward United Methodist Church and Ascension Episcopal Church are again undertaking the annual Christmas project. Last year we gave food boxes (13,881 Lbs.) to 225 families and individuals. Each basket included: a tote filled with nonperishable food items like peanut butter, cereal, etc., a holiday pie, fudge candy, a bag of potatoes and carrots, frozen hamburger, and a coupon for a 4 lb ham. Each child in the family is provided with a Christmas gift. This truly is a blessed Christmas for those we serve. In addition, hats and mittens are collected and distributed to area schools for children in need, and cookies provided to shut-ins.
This year we again plan to provide Christmas Blessings to 225 families with your help. We will begin taking telephone calls and completing request forms for food boxes on November 18 with the last day to take requests on December 2. Distribution this year will be Friday, December 13th from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm and Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- DONATE CASH TO OPERATION CHRISTMAS FOR FOOD PURCHASES
- BUY AND WRAP GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
- BRING HATS AND MITTENS
- VOLUNTEER BY SIGNING UP TO WORK (sign-up sheets will be in the Narthex at First Lutheran)
- BAKE COOKIES
- INCLUDE THIS OUTREACH PROJECT IN YOUR PRAYERS
Due to the ability to purchase food through Feed My People at a much reduced price we are asking you to consider a monetary donation to be used to purchase the food items for the baskets. Last year we were also able to obtain potatoes, carrots, and apples in bulk for repackaging.
The Operation Christmas Bulletin Board will have red and green tree tags for the needed $10-15 gifts for children through 12th grade. Please take a tree tag, purchase and wrap the gift and tape the tag back on the gift. Gifts can then be placed 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! The LAST day to bring gifts in will be Wednesday, December 11, 2019.