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, www.urbanmissionaries.com 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