This holiday season, we have a wonderful opportunity to bless Penns Valley families with Christmas presents they otherwise wouldn’t have. Contact Kathy Coursen (364-2144 or [email protected]) to receive the “name” and needs of a local child today. Then, as you look over the Black Friday deals, you’ll spot ways you can bless your Penns Valley child.
My friend Kathy sent this to me from The Christmas of HOPE Fundraising Committee:
“As a parent of elementary age children, I always look forward to reading the stories our girls write after the holiday break. Our son is a senior and our daughters are in 4th and 2nd grade. I can tell you as you may already know, that this is a writing lesson that all of our children’s teachers have used in early January: “What did you get for Christmas? Where did you go over the Holidays? What family traditions do you have?” Have you ever thought what it might be like to be the child who walks into school in January wearing the same sneakers with holes, the same clothes that are too small or are stained? You sit on the bus listening to other children talk about the video games or bikes they received under their tree? When I think about these situations my heart breaks. So many of us are fortunate enough to give our children really great stories to write about. The mission of Christmas of HOPE is to provide a brighter Holiday story for those in need.
Without Christmas of HOPE there would not be gifts under the tree for the children we sponsor. Often times, there are not even trees. We call upon people in our Valley to help us meet the needs and even some special wants of these boys and girls. What we ask of our sponsors is very simple, but immensely rewarding. We give you information on a child. This form will include the age, sex, sizes, needs and interest of the child. The form will not tell you a name, but for confidentiality it will have a code. You and your family, team or co-workers will have a few weeks to shop for items on that list. It is extremely helpful to us if you could wrap the gifts as well. Any sponsor that decides to wrap as well, will be asked to provide a detailed list of the items they purchased. If you cannot wrap, that is ok, we do have volunteers willing to help us.
If you volunteer to sponsor a child, the information you need for shopping will be given to you no later than November 21st. We will need all gifts back to us by December 11th. Our drop off location is Grace United Methodist Church in Centre Hall. The drop off time will be from 4-7. Once the gifts are turned in, we will determine the date for wrap night or nights if needed.
Each child we serve will also receive a stocking filled with pencils, crayons, markers, book covers as well as a Christmas Faith based Christmas ornament.
All children that we serve are residents of the Penns Valley Area School District. You can sign up to be put on the sponsor list by calling Kathy at 364-2144 or by emailing [email protected]. If you would like a monetary donation, checks can be made out to Christmas of HOPE. Our Address is the HOPE Fund PO Box 427 Centre Hall, PA 16828. We often receive referrals of needy children late in December, so it is never too late to volunteer to give a Christmas to a local child.
We HOPE you consider sponsoring a child.
May this Season be a joyous one for all in the Valley,
The Christmas of HOPE Fundraising Committee”
Enjoy your home,