Join us tomorrow as we begin making the ornaments for our special Christmas tree.
In the past, the YOU’ers have collected items and filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This year, however, the YOU’ers will be supporting families right here in Grapevine. Though many of you are already familiar with GRACE, you may not know about the GRACE Christmas Cottage. The GRACE Christmas Cottage is a program that provides new, unwrapped gifts to families facing financial hardship due to limited income or recent emergency. Each qualified family is given a hypothetical “budget” that allows the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods and appliances in a private, store-like setting. This unique approach allows families to budget their resources and select unique presents while preserving the family’s dignity. Over 2,700 individuals and families are served at Christmas Cottage each holiday season.
This is a project the entire youth ed program and congregation can get in on! The kids will decorate a special tree this year that will feature paper ornaments with specific gifts on them. We ask that you pick an ornament and bring your gift back to the church (remember, unwrapped) where we will then deliver them to the Christmas Cottage. You can also simply make a monetary donation that we will use that to purchase items. Besides gifts, the Christmas Cottage will need wrapping paper, tape and bows as the families will need to wrap their own gifts.
You can pick up an ornament beginning November 5. We will collect items and accept donations through December 10.