Christ Child Project

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 “... give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap, for the measure you give will be measure you get back.”-Luke 6:38

Christ Child Project

The Christ Child Project helps low income families of Alexandria to provide Christmas gifts for their children. Families are chosen, registered with the help of Alexandria Social Services, Head Start, the Public Housing Community, and other programs which serve low income families in the city.

The Joy of Giving: One Family's Story

The Christ Child Project is a great way to get your kids involved in Christ Church Outreach.  Imagine something that is so important to your teenage daughters that they’re willing to get up early on Saturday morning to shop at Target. We started years ago by shopping for a couple of kids near the ages of our kids. Cailin loves to shop, so she gleefully picked out toys. Hailey, more focused, kept us on track. Iain tallied up prices so we would spend exactly $100 on each child. Then we started buying two of everything—we pay for one child and donations from other church members pay for the other.

A couple of years ago, we started witnessing the fruits of our labor as elves in the Christ Child Store. We walked through the store with parents who were shopping, making suggestions for presents and adding up their purchases. Putting a face with the need adds another whole dimension to the experience. Shoppers are genuinely appreciative. Last year Cailin helped at the In-Gathering, receiving donations of toys dropped off by church members.

There are so many ways to help. The Christ Child Project makes us so thankful for what we have and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate.-Anne Ramsey

Ministry Needs:

This is a large project that takes place during the first two weeks of December. We need people-oriented individuals with an interest in working with a wide spectrum of the city's population, who enjoy shopping and shop keeping. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially need for store hours. Volunteers to shop for toys and gift items; price items for sale; setup the store in the church auditorium; act as personal shoppers with our clients; provide food for the volunteers; serve as floor manager when the store is in operation; and help run one of the project activities (e.g. kick-off, signup volunteers, coordinate volunteers for the store, and in-gathering for the gifts). There is a real pleasure that comes from helping others succeed at providing a bountiful Christmas for their family. For more information, please contact Melanie Gray.

 

 

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