Christmas Basket Outreach
We partner with the elementary and middle schools in the Coos Bay and North Bend area for a total of eight schools. They submit to us the names of families and children that are in need of assistance to make a memorable Christmas. The schools responded with 24 families and 70 children in 2019.
Thanks to the Emmanuel church family and others in the communities we were able to provide each family with a $25 gift certificate and laundry baskets filled to the brim with the household staples, gifts, stocking and books. Books are provided by Nancylee Stewart and the Emmanuel Book Fair as well as parishioner donations. Families are "adopted" by the Preschool parents and by individual members of the congregation so each child receives a special gift valued at least $25.00.
The forms the families fill out provide us with names, ages, color preferences and a wish for a certain toy or book, so we are able to match gifts to each child. In addition to the gift(s), each child receives their very own blanket, and there is a stocking with candy for each child. Families come by the Church office to pick up their baskets the week before Christmas. It is a joyful experience for both the giver (volunteer) and parents to receive the baskets. This year, one of the most humbling and memorable moments was a father who kept exclaiming how much the Laundry Detergent was appreciated and needed.
There are so many in the Emmanuel family that help in so many ways – in the planning, the giving, the shopping, the wrapping and distribution. We are grateful for all the assistance that everyone provided – thank you all – it is a joy to be part of this community.