Jeff Minton via Crowdrise
December 24, 2010
BENEFITING: CLEAN SOCKS HOPE INC.
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2011
HOURS PLEDGED: 500
Mileage Tracker: 250
Hi guys, and thanks for checking out my Holiday Wish!
In his book, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis describes a land where “it is always winter and never Christmas.” For many, this world is far too real. The dark, cold reality of poverty has pressed upon many families for generations. The missing ingredient is HOPE! Christmas is all about hope. In the eyes of a child, Christmas represents hopeful anticipation. It is the promise that even though life may hard now, something good is over the horizon.
What we hope NOT-TO-BE: The traditional “Adopt-the Family for Christmas,” Ministry. Although the children are ecstatic, the recipient parents struggle with a severe loss of pride. In their own homes, their ineffectualness as providers is exposed to their children. Mothers endure this indignity for the sake of their children, but often it’s more than the fathers can take. The failure as providers is laid bare. It destroys what shreds of pride parents are managing to hold on to.
What we HOPE-TO-BE: Our dream for the Christmas Store is that in a small store front on Spring Street, the families of Midtown New Albany will feel that hopeful anticipation. It won’t just be a place to get stuff. It won’t just be a Christmas Store. It will be a store filled with Christmas. It will smell, taste, and feel like Christmas. From the moment you open the door, your sense will be bombarded with the joy of the season. Families will be able to provide some toys and goodies for each other, but moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas, will also receive the gift of dignity.
How it Works: Families are nominated or invited and can earn “credits” (HOPE Bucks) to purchase gifts, practice recipes together, and enjoy samples of Christmas goodies. Those that have no money can work at the store to earn what they needed to purchase gifts for their family, since cash flow would be generated through the sale of donations. A small price would be placed on each toy or article of clothing somewhere between a garage sale and a wholesale price and parents from the community would be invited in to the Christmas shop. Then on Christmas morning, parents in the city would experience HOPE again by watching their children open the gifts they secured for them from the efforts of their own hands.
How you can help? You are invited to be a part of the Christmas Store—HOPE for Parents. Donations of toys can be made at Northside on Oak during regular business hours, or at Northside Christian Church’s weekend services through the month of November. If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can make the check payable to Clean Socks Hope at (701 N Capitol Ave, Corydon IN 47112 or at this website and click on “Donate Now!” button.
We are also looking for volunteers to help during store hours, to sort toys and stock shelves, and to prepare Christmas recipes to share with our guests. If you have any questions, or want to join the party, you can reach us at 812.542.4079 (Northside on Oak) or at Clean Socks Hope. 502.533.1135.
Please consider giving to my Holiday Wish, and together we can make the world a better place. If you can’t afford to donate, I’d really appreciate if you’d share this page with your friends. Thanks so much!
“Because building relationships is the best way to build a stronger community; hope, love and a communal rhythm are great emancipators and essential because people will come from everywhere for the experience!”