November Drive of the Month
Christmas Gift Cards and Gifts for SHARE Holiday Store
While SHARE is busy the year round, the pace quickens at Christmas time when SHARE holds its annual Holiday Store which this year is on Saturday, December 9, at McLean Baptist Church. This is a festive event when SHARE’s clients are welcomed into a decorated hall in the morning and served a light meal, homemade cookies, and coffee or juice. Live piano music is provided, and Santa and Mrs. Claus travel all the way from the North Pole to visit with the children. Photographers capture the moment, and each family goes home with a photo memento. SHARE’s clients pick up their holiday wish items, a bag of groceries, toiletries, a wrapped toy from Santa, a baby bag for infants, and necessities for those living in the streets. Last year SHARE served 300 families (700-plus individuals) during the holiday season, and this year we can expect at least the same.
Supporting this effort is St. John’s Drive of the Month for November, and there are several ways for parishioners to participate in this program. One is to donate Giant and Safeway cards to ensure SHARE’s clients can purchase ingredients for a holiday meal. Another is to donate Walmart or Target gift cards for our clients to buy family gifts for Christmas. (All donated shopping cards can be left in the Parish Office at St. John’s.) If you prefer not to purchase shopping cards, then checks made out to “SHARE, Inc.” can also be left in the Parish Office. Tangible items such as new baby items, new toys for children of any age and toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. can be left in the bin in Shears Hall.
A notice describing SHARE’s holiday program can be found on the Missions Bulletin Board in Shears Hall. This notice also contains an email address to contact should you have any questions. St. John’s parishioners have graciously supported the Holiday Store for many years now, and we would very much appreciate your participation again in 2017. Remember—SHARE clients could well be our own neighbors in this area of Northern Virginia.
Questions? Please contact Jim Isler through the Parish Office at 703-356-4902.