The Director’s Chair

Christmas is upon us!!  Once again the door went up at 5:00 A.M. on October 5, 2019 and there were four mothers waiting to sign up their children for Christmas gifts. And so it begins! We will be taking names every Saturday until the first Saturday of December. We are also taking names for five Sundays starting October 13, 2019.  Needless to say, we need your help getting this work done.

You should all have received your invitation to our 40th Anniversary Celebration on October 26, 2019. We hope you have a chance to join us for a very busy day stating with Mass, then lunch, a few speakers and a bunch of awards and a coffee and a mingling session to close the day.

We are constantly updating our web page. Jeff has added a number of new pages concerning volunteer opportunities. Take a look, just go to our web site and click on the Careers button. There you will see all of the current opportunities that we need to fill so that this ministry to “the least, the last, and the left out” can continue to grow. If you yourself cannot help us, maybe you know someone who might be able to fill a position because they are retired or have some extra energy and have the heart for this kind of work. Think about it, who knows who may pop into your mind!

Once again, I want to tell you about our volunteers from Young Neighbors in Action. First of all, each of these groups did a fantastic job at whatever tasks we asked them to do. Here are some of the tasks they took on:  bottles and cans redemption, cut brush along our fence line, found someone living under the bridge which abuts our property, mowed the lawn, swept the parking lot, took turns working the counter in the store, hung clothing, and sorted incoming boxes stored in the shed. Yup, they were busy as bees!!!

We got ready for Christmas by clearing everything out of the shed and putting it into basement storage for the winter so we can start setting up the shed to receive all those family bags of toys. There will be some 1,200 bags and they take up every square inch of space in the shed. This sounds so simple, but let me assure you that it took us four hours with ten young men to get the job done. In fact, we still have a lot of yard sale stuff to hang on for next year’s flea market.

Christmas Appeal Letter 2019

Welcome to the Christmas Season! Once again, we are reaching out to you for a donation of your hard earned cash so that we can continue our Christmas Giving Program. 

Every year, we tell you a story about a special moment that made all of us who were volunteering stop whatever we were doing and smile. We have come to call these “our Christmas moments.” This year I want to explain to you just how important your gift to us is, and how hard we work before we spend any of it on Christmas toys.

We do a lot of shopping for gifts, especially for the eleven to fourteen year olds because these gifts are usually too expensive for families to purchase and so these tags are the ones we get back from the giving trees. 

So to solve this problem, we have a shopper.  Meg heads out the week after Christmas, sometimes even before New Years to shop and she is looking for bargains. Every five to eight weeks during the year, I get an email from her letting me know her two car garage needs to be emptied. And off I go, with our truck, to Orange, MA to do the pickup and bring the gifts back to 242 Canterbury St. where we store them to await unpacking, sorting, and finally bagging for that special child.

Just a couple of examples of her work. This year she bought seventy-five 3X and 4X winter coats for $17.00 each! These coats can easily cost ninety dollars or more. AS another example, she purchased Christmas toys, the retail price for this purchase was $590.69. Meg paid $29.69. This is a copy of the receipt’s total. The receipt was almost two feet long!

So once again, we ask for your help this Christmas Season. You can use the self-addressed envelope enclosed with this letter to send your donation to us. You can also go to our website, and click on the green donate button to make a secure electronic donation from your checking or savings account or the orange donate button to make a secure donation using PayPal, either one works.

ATTENTION: For those of you who do year-end tax planning, please keep us in mind

Whichever way you decide to be a “Christmas Angel” is fine. Your donation will be greatly appreciated by us and the families who reap the benefit of your donation. It might be a favorite toy, or even a needed winter jacket. Whichever it is, thank you!

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year to you and yours from us and “the least, the last, and the left out” we have been blessed to serve.

The Christmas Giving Committee

Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope

Remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!