St. John’s Congregation Child Care Center and Congregation are teaming up this Advent season for the second annual Giving Tree for Justice Page Middle School families who have been identified by school social workers as “highly mobile/at risk.” Our goal is to provide each family with a backpack bursting with food, one Target gift card and one Cub Foods 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, cereal: Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Rice Krispies.

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

You/your family can be a part of the GIVING TREE by taking one or more gift tags from the tree in the Fellowship Hall lobby and returning it with the items and/or gift card by Monday, DECEMBER 17th, 2018. If 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 left on the Church Office desk as a gift for one of the families in need.

We are VERY excited to be collaborating on this 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 Staff/Community & Neighborhood Committee