During this season of Advent and Christmas, we are acutely aware of the needs of our community, particularly in this year when COVID-19 has altered our landscape and threatened the well-being of so many. Here is a list of organizations seeking help for their individuals during this holiday season. We hope you will include one of these organizations in your giving this season.

St. Luke’s

For many years, St. Paul’s has partnered with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to provide Christmas gifts for people in the St. Luke’s community. This year, St. Paul’s will be delivering gift bags to St. Luke’s for 20 girls and 20 boys, ages 8 to 12. Each gift bag will cost $50. If you would like to support this gift program, please send a check written to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with St. Luke’s indicated on the memo line.

1000 DAYS OF LOVE

At the time of writing this, we’ve raised just under $3,000 toward our goal of $5,000. If we reach that goal, the Outreach Committee will match it dollar for dollar!

Please support Episcopal Relief & Development’s ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE campaign for CHILDREN by making a donation through our page HERE

Open Doors Academy

Every year for the holidays, Open Doors Academy gives every one of its kids a gift to keep them warm during the winter months. The annual tradition is to give its kids a new, warm piece of ODA swag to wear throughout the winter. This year, ODA will be giving every child a long sleeved, tie-dye t-shirt to bring some joy and brightness into their lives.

We are asking members of the St. Paul’s community to support this endeavor so that every child at ODA’s nine Remote Learning Centers (including the one at St. Paul’s!) will have a gift for the holidays. Donate Here!

Adopt-a-Family

Some families have identified special needs that go beyond the expectations set for this program. That’s why Open Doors Academy assembled an Adopt-a-Family: Special Requests Fund to raise money to handle these unique circumstances.

What are some examples? This includes:

  • New mattresses, bed frames, pillows, sheets, and comforters for children without beds
  • Computer desks for kids who don’t have a great place to do homework or learn at home
  • Bikes or other big-ticket items (if funds are available) for kids or families who really need or really want something in particular
  • Emergency support for families who — for whatever accident or unforeseen reason — have their holidays ruined and need help.

The St. Paul’s Community can make gifts to our Adopt-a-Family Special Requests fund here.

Loaves and Fishes

COVID-19 made us pivot, but it won’t stop us! Loaves and Fishes continued to provide carry-out meals each month this year to our guests at New Life at Calvary. We’ll carry on in similar fashion for Christmas Dinner, too. We’ll miss the joyful singing, serving, and dining together, for sure, but there are still plenty of ways to participate:

If you normally donate money, you can still do that. Your donation will go towards the ham. Overflow will be applied to January’s meal. Please make your donations directly to the church, earmarked “2020 Loaves & Fishes Christmas Dinner.” You can do that on Realm or by mailing a check to the office. Please make your donations by December 10th.

If you normally serve, please write some Christmas cards for the guests. Make them general enough so they can go in anyone’s bag. Tell them how much you will miss celebrating with them, and why. Sign your first name. Write “Happy Holidays from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” on the envelope. We’d like to put a card in each of the 40 bags. Email Julie Dornback by December 1 with the number of cards you will write. Plan to deliver your cards to the church office or Julie’s house (2199 Bellfield Ave.), no later than December 10th.

You can still bake cookies. Please package in snack size Ziploc baggies and deliver to the church office by noon on December 14th.

You can also bake macaroni and cheese. Contact Jennie Kaffen through realm for recipe and instructions.

Donate the actual bags. While we usually use plastic grocery bags, it would be a nice touch to have fabric for Christmas. They should be new bags, reusable grocery size, holiday colors. We need 40. Maybe 2-3 families can pool their resources and do this one. Email Julie by December 1 if you are donating bags. Plan to deliver your bags to the church office no later than December 10th.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to email Julie or Jennie.