Christmas is always an excellent time to reflect both on blessings of the past and hopes for the future.
At Streetlight, we certainly have much to be thankful for! Over the past several months we have received wonderful support from the surrounding community to fund repairs to the building and property. As the holiday season draws near, many have been eager to organize food and toiletry drives to assist in our Christmas giving campaigns. Some schools are also raising funds to cover the costs of Christmas gifts for the children and teens who attend our programs, as well as the celebrations that we will be throwing to commemorate the birth of our Saviour. Many items were also donated for the Kids Club Christmas Store, which gave the kids an opportunity to choose and wrap gifts for their family members.
As Streetlight fills up with toiletry gift bags, stockings for kids, devotions for teens, and some lovely Christmas décor, we feel very blessed in our present situation and are also filled with hope for the future. There are so many programs to run and personal needs to be met throughout the whole year at Streetlight.
Over the last few years, a new Christmas giving initiative has been developed to help us address those needs. It’s called the Shine a Light campaign. This campaign takes the form of a catalogue that goes out to the community and lists a variety of specific areas in the ministry that require some extra funds. This year, around 70 donations have already been made, with the promise of more to come. However, there are still some categories that could use your financial support. These categories are:
- Counseling (offered at Streetlight by a trained counsellor)
- March Break Teen Arts Camp (a new program we hope to offer in 2015)
- Public Transportation (for participants to get to church, programs, appointments, run errands etc.)
- Out for Coffee (a chance to connect with members of our fellowship)
- After School Snacks (offered at our weekly Kids Club program)
The catalogue is now available to view online as well. You can peruse the different categories and then download and print off the order form. If you are still deciding how to best offer your support to Streetlight this Christmas, you can donate directly to Streetlight here. Your gift will be treasured both this Christmas season and all year long!
Wishing you a blessed Christmas season,
Danielle Heemskerk, Youth Worker