For the fifth year, St. Mark’s and the New Hope Road Alliance are providing holiday gifts for the neediest of children at Wilburn Elementary.
The children were chosen by Wilburn’s social worker and school counselor and in some cases are homeless. They are all participating in the free and reduced-cost lunch program at the school.
The names of 50 children and their wish lists will be at a table in the Concourse this Sunday, Nov. 6, after the 8:30 and 10:30 am worship services. Each child will receive four gifts: two toys, a shirt, and a new book.
You can choose to provide all four gifts for one child; share the gift requests with another member or members, or choose to provide one or more of the gifts for the same child. lease do not “cherry pick” the names. For example, choosing to provide only a toy for multiple children.
Deadline for Angel Tree gifts for Wilburn is Sunday, Dec. 4. Please bring your wrapped and tagged gifts to the Community Life Center at St. Mark’s between 9:15 am and the end of the St. Nicholas Luncheon. Remember to put a tag on each of the gifts with your child’s number, first name and last initial. If you are giving all four of the gifts to a child, in addition to wrapping and tagging each gift separately, please put the gifts in a large gift bag that also has a tag on it with the child’s number, first name and last initial.
St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance are hosting a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria. St. Mark’s members are invited to attend.
The party will include refreshments for the children, a craft-making project, entertainment and the receipt of the gift bags. Rather than opening their presents at the Holiday Party, the children will take their gift bags home to open on Christmas Day.
Questions? Please contact Lynne Poole or Linda Bamford.