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. These gifts are never unwrapped and are
delivered the same way that they come into our care. 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 is the time for giving. Each staff person,
supporter, and volunteer receives that special blessing as does the client.
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 250 boxes
each Christmas season. Many things are taken for granted like pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, or ham. The Christmas box includes enough food to
prepare a complete holiday meal. The food items are made available to us at a very low cost through God's Food Pantry. This along with the
generosity of churches and individuals that support this ministry make it possible for us to help many families during the holiday season. Thank
you to the people that support our ministries and care about our families and community. Without this support it is impossible to provide
this Christmas meal.
Outreach Christmas Party
On the second 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. During this time the parents may also get a blanket and personal supply box.
Christmas is the time for giving. Each staff person, supporter, and volunteer receives a special bless as do our clients and the community.