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Report on Christmas Families


Thanks to your generosity, as a parish we brightened the Christmas of 110 families:  270 children and 140 parents from Child Protective Services and the Alexandria Community Shelter.  Sixty families (120 children 72 parents) were signed-up for; for 50 families (150 children and 68 parents) we bought gifts with money that was contributed. In addition to Lego sets, art kits, science kits, basketballs, dolls, playsets, and sleeping bags, we gave 800 books (including books for the Community Lodging after-school program lending libraries), 100 games, and 25 bicycles, put together or beautifully refurbished.

Behind every one of these numbers is a child building a Lego castle and acquiring a sense of space and numbers, a teenager building remote-control machines, a child painting or reading, a parent reading a picture book to her toddler, a family playing Monopoly, a child gaining confidence while riding a bike.

Thanks to all who signed up for a family and all who contributed money. There are many people who worked behind the scenes on entering data on people and gifts, shopping for toys and books, assigning books, fixing bicycles, getting the Parish Hall ready for the wrapping, getting gifts ready for the wrapping at Santa's Workshop, organizing the wrapping and sorting and checking of gifts, transporting gifts, and sorting bags and sorting and arranging used clothing and toys at Human Services.

If we overlooked someone in the list below, we are sorry; God thanks you.

Alisa, Andy, and Addie Biache
Hugh Campbell
Ashley Chappell and Owen, Owen IV, Miles, and Macon Malone
Jim Clausen
Mary-Jo Cooney
Tom Cuddy
Betsy, Mark, and Caiti DeMulder
Danielle and Chris DeMulder
Bill Frye, the bicycle man
Lisa Frye
Tim and Susan Gildersleeve
Debbie Hewson
Ginny Johnstone
Dorothy Kellogg
Kevin and Eileen Kirby Jim Kurz
Suzanne Lamb
Candy Levin
Georgia and Jan Maas
Brian and Karyn Moran
Maria Rivera
Paul Scher
Matthew, Rhys, and Kest Shallbetter, and Eleanor Whitaker
Kerstin Shimkin
Phyllis Sims
John Smucker
Laura and Jim Snow
Dan and Rosi Stewart
Bob and Cathy Velke
Nancy, Jim, and Spencer Wise

Again, thank you all for being part of Christmas Families 2013.

Dagobert and Lissa Soergel
Linda Serabian
Connie Kurz

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