Outreach Community Christmas Party
In December, we have a Community Christmas party for all of the kids and their families in our service area. The party is put on by the staff and volunteers each year. The kids in our after-school program work hard on a Christmas play or songs that is the highlight of the day. Santa comes and gives out age appropriate gifts, hugs, and stockings. A community dinner prepared by the kitchen staff is enjoyed by all.
Also in December, our clients with children are invited back to select presents for each of their children. They pay a set fee per child. By buying the gifts for their children parents can have a sense of pride and ownership when giving the gifts. During this time the parents may also get free wrapping paper/tape, a blanket and personal supply box, if the items are donated to do so.
Christmas Food Boxes
The Christmas food boxes are a special blessing for the families that can't afford a traditional holiday meal. The Settlement furnishes up to 350 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.