Sharing the Christmas Spirit

What better time to share with those in need than Christmastime? At Food of God, we know that the winter months and corresponding holidays bring extra stress, both physical and emotional, to folks experiencing homelessness and other life challenges. That’s why we make a special effort to make the holidays a little brighter. It starts with that ubiquitous symbol of Christmas – a Christmas tree. Throughout the month of December, a “sock tree” in the narthex of Plymouth Church collected the congregation’s donations of new socks, hats, scarves, and other winter wear.

 

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On December 20th, volunteers gathered at Plymouth to add these donations to fifty bags of toiletries generously provided by our new partner, Simply the Basics, whose mission is to help people meet their most basic needs with dignity so they can focus on greater goals. Once completed, each bag provided not just the basics but also some special warmth and holiday cheer.
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On December 21st, we served our usual hot lunch in Bishop Begin Plaza and distributed the gift bags. Our guests were very grateful to receive their bags, which were for some perhaps the only gift they will receive this holiday season. It was a very busy day, as we also gave out the last of our City Paks and some donated clothing. We think everyone went home happy, from the wonderful volunteers who put this all together to the folks whose new pair of socks will help keep their feet dry this winter.

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Happy Holidays!