Christmas Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is a true ministry to our needy families. Each child receives one new clothing outfit and at least one new toy. The Giving Tree helps over 200 children each year. People who support this ministry make Christmas a special time and lift a burden from our needy families. Delivering these gifts to the children is the best part of Christmas. Many parents will use these gifts as "Santa" gifts and hide them away until Christmas. Some prefer to tell their children where they come from, either way the reward is the same.
Christmas Food Boxes
The Christmas food boxes are a special blessing for the families that can't afford a traditional holiday meal. The Settlement gives 400 boxes each Christmas season. Many things that are taken for granted like pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, or ham. The Christmas box includes enough food to prepare a complete holiday meal. With the generosity of churches and individuals that support this ministry, it makes it possible for us to help many families during the holiday season.
Outreach Christmas Party
On the first Saturday of December, we have an Outreach Christmas party for all of the kids in our service area. The party is put on by the staff and volunteers each year. The kids in our after-school program worked hard on a Christmas play about the birth of Christ, and it was the highlight of the day. Santa comes and gives out age appropriate gifts, hugs, and stockings. There is also a community dinner prepared by the kitchen staff. During the following week, our clients with children are invited back to select two presents for each of their children. They are asked to pay a small amount for these items at a much reduced cost. During this time the parents may also get a blanket and personal supply box, if the items are donated to do so.