Each year St. John’s Child Care Center likes to take on a group giving project to help our children realize the importance of helping others in need. For the past 20 years, St. John’s Child Care Center and the congregation of St. John’s Church have worked together on this special project during Advent.

This year we are once again going to partner with our next door neighbors, Justice Page Middle School. Families have been identified by school social workers as “highly mobile/at risk” families. During winter break we will assist those families to help make ends meet with food to prepare and gift cards to purchase food or clothing. Our goal is to provide each family with a backpack bursting with food, one Target gift card and one Cub gift card. To avoid making the backpacks too heavy for students to carry we are asking folks to choose food packets and plastic when possible.

Food items include:  peanut butter, packets of tuna and chicken (lighter weight than the cans), cans of chunky soup/stew, canned ravioli, boxes or packets of dried noodle soups (again lighter than the cans), canned peaches, pears and pineapple, canned corn, apple sauce (plastic only), pudding snack packs, packets of hot cocoa mix, mac & cheese, small bags of brown rice, ramen, cereal: Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Rice Krispies.

This year we are also collecting non-food items: can openers,  emergency clothing: gray or black sweatpants for boys (men’s size small), boxer-style underwear for boys (men’s size small), gray or black leggings (women’s sizes small, medium and large), girls’ socks – crew and ankle, boys’ socks – crew and ankle, girls’ stretchy headbands, toothbrushes, deodorant, mini-Vaselines.

After those backpacks are filled, additional food donations will be added to the existing food shelf at Justice Page Middle School. Additional gift cards will be given to families in need by the social workers on home visits.

You/your family can be a part of the GIVING TREE by taking one or more gift tags and returning it with the food items and/or gift card by Monday, DECEMBER 16th, 2019.

Just in case you prefer not to take a tag from the tree, always remember that $25 gift cards for groceries or clothing (Cub and Target are preferred) can be easily purchased and dropped off in the office as a gift for one of the families in need.

If you would like to help, here is what you do:

  1. Choose tags from either tree (one in the hallway near the fellowship hall/gym and one at the Child Care entrance).
  2. Purchase the item/items written on the tag.
  3. Return your gift to the Giving Tree by Monday, December 16th, 2019.

We are VERY excited to be collaborating on this GIVING TREE effort. TOGETHER we DO make a difference for families in our community. Thank you for your generous gift and kindness!!

Happy Holidays!!!

St. John’s Child Care & Community and Neighborhood Committee