November 22-24: Need volunteers for food prep & deliveries, desserts, and financial donations for Thanksgiving Meal
Nov & Dec: Need sponsors for Christmas pairings, new and gently used toys, games and gift items for children birth to seniors in high school (especially teens, gift cards are great if you can’t think of age appropriate items)
December 5-8: Need volunteers to help with 3 parties for children to “shop” for a gift for their parents/guardians…also any gift items or financial donations to help would be great!
December 15-17: Need volunteers for Christmas toy store
Families Helping Families
If you are looking for a way to serve this Thanksgiving, think about doing something your whole family can enjoy together. This is a great opportunity for the community to come together on a day to give thanks. It’s always great to see kids playing football and people visiting in line while they wait to pick up their food.
Before you gather around the table for lunch on Thanksgiving Day, bring the family to Austinville United Methodist Church (908 Lamar St SW, Decatur, AL 35601) and deliver meals to families in need. This is a great opportunity to serve others during this holiday season. Arrive at 9am for a brief prayer service and instructions, and then off you go to a few houses to spread some joy and the love of Jesus. If you are not able to deliver on Thanksgiving morning, bake some desserts and bring them to Austinville UMC on Wednesday, November 23. What a great time to give thanks for all of God’s blessings and share his love with others by taking time to serve others!
After the line dwindles and all the take-out meals are in route, we are able to offer a hot, homemade, Thanksgiving meal to anyone in the community who shows up at Austinville at lunchtime. Through our jail ministry, we also have the opportunity to serve some men from the Morgan County Jail on site at the church and then take meals into the jail to the women. We are so blessed to be able to partner with Austinville United Methodist and so many other volunteers from more than 20 churches in our community!
Heard Any Christmas Songs Yet?
You know it’s November when the radio stations, stores, maybe even you begin playing Christmas songs. We plan for Christmas time the entire year. It takes an army of volunteers to transform the Center into a giant toy store. This is a place where parents, grandparents, and guardians come to shop, for free, for their children from birth to high school age. It is like walking into a store with a personal shopper. Everyone going through the toy store has a volunteer to help them with their shopping experience. It is a smooth process and a memorable time. We are always in awe of the generosity of our community. Please think of the Neighborhood Christian Center this holiday season. Feel free to call us if you have any questions, 256-351-7633.
What you need to know:
-If you would like to volunteer at the Christmas Store on December 15, 16, and 17, please call us at 256.351.7633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Please drop your donations off by December 13
-we are in need of new and gently used toys – we tend to have a SHORTAGE of teen boy/girl gifts
-batteries (for toys)
-puzzles and games
-monetary donations that will be used to purchase toys
Christmas Toy Store sign-ups:
Monday, November 7
Wednesday, November 9
ALL days are from 8am-10am
You MUST bring:
- social security cards for all household members
- picture ID for parents in the household
- copy of children’s birth certificate
*If you have signed up at another organization, you cannot sign up here
(Your information will be checked through all other organizations offering Christmas assistance. If you are found on another list, you will be eliminated from our Christmas Toy Store list)
**NO Children allowed on sign up days, NO EXCEPTIONS
Neighborhood Christian Center’s Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program
Interested in helping a struggling family for Christmas? It is hard to believe but Christmas is almost here, and it is time for us to begin pairing families who are in need of Christmas assistance. If you, your club, business or church group would like to sponsor a family this Christmas season, simply complete and return the form below in the enclosed envelope. In a few weeks you will receive detailed information on the family chosen for you or you may come to the Center and choose your own family from our list of families needing assistance. If you have any questions, please call the Neighborhood Christian Center at (256) 351-7633 or email email@example.com.