We love Christmastime around here! Our December calendar stays extra full, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We kicked things off Dec. 9 with our annual partnership with Hillside Christian Church to put together the Sharing Tree Christmas Store. Hundreds of families were able to come purchase and wrap 2 presents for each of their children for just $5 or 5 cans of food per child. Over 1200 kids were able to get Christmas presents. So many of our Mission 2540 moms, dads, and grandmothers were able to participate and pick out and provide incredible presents for their children. This is always a special day, providing dignity to struggling parents and joy to their children.
We spent the next 2 weeks throwing Christmas parties on all 10 of our properties. We ate 2280 chicken nuggets plus hundreds of bags of chips and cookies. And all 202 kids who attended over the course of those 2 weeks received an awesome goodie bags filled with hats, gloves, toys and candy! We played games, heard the Christmas story, listened to music, and made some great memories. We’re so thankful to those who gave, volunteered their time, and helped us make Christmas special. There’s no better way for us to end our year and get a little rest before doing it all again in 2024 (which will be year 20 for Mission 2540!) Check out the pictures below to see how much fun we had!