HARTFORD CITY MISSION CHRISTMAS STORE: NEW & UNWRAPPED TOYS
Wondering how you can give more than a toy this season? Through Hartford City Mission (HCM)'s Christmas Store you can give the gift of joy and dignity to the whole family!
So how's it work? You donate new, unwrapped gifts and HCM sets up a huge Christmas store - with a variety of toys - all marked at tag sale prices! Parents have the opportunity to choose gifts their kids will love AND proceeds help subsidize the students' overnight summer camp. Last year, there were 1,500 toys in the Christmas Store, and the store raised $2,000 for overnight camp!
Where: Glory Chapel, 221 Greenfield Street, Hartford
When: Monday-Friday, through December 4th*
*Call Danielle (860.246.0132) to schedule a drop-off time.
The Model: Re-Thinking Christmas Giving
We think the Christmas store model is pretty great, and worth sharing. As HCM will tell you, they borrowed the idea from Bob Lupton at Focused Community Strategies in Atlanta, GA. Check out the video below to learn why - and how - they re-thought Christmas giving.
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SPARROW MINISTRIES: HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, AND COATS
Where: South Church, 277 Main Street, Hartford
When: Tuesday, November 14 - Friday, November 17 from 8 AM - 3 PM*
*Please contact us if you would like to schedule a different drop-off time or location.
CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK FOR A NEW GIVING CHALLENGE!
CITADEL OF LOVE'S ANNUAL TURKEY DRIVE
Where: The Citadel of Love, 167 Barbour Street, Hartford
When: November 7, from 6-7 PM*
*Donations are being accepted through November 16 - contact us to schedule a different drop-off time or location.
CHECK BACK EACH WEEK FOR A NEW GIVING CHALLENGE!
To give well is to love well. And why do we love?
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
1 John 4:19-21
Loving God and loving our neighbor are inextricably connected.
Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
Who is overlooked in our community? Who is ignored in our city?
In this holiday season there's much to be thankful for; there's much love to be shared; there are many gifts to give and receive; there are many meals to cook and delicious food to be eaten; there are many parties to attend with family and friends. Yet, your shopping list and your to-do list may feel overwhelming. Your budget may be tight. Anxiety and busyness may have stolen the place of joy and peace in your heart.
Let's claim back the season. Let's remember God's greatest gift of all - His Son, our Savior.
WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.
How can we love one another this season?
Can we feed the hungry?
Clothe the shivering?
Welcome the homeless?
#GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement, celebrated the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Every week leading up to #GivingTuesday, THP will be announcing one new giving challenge! Our hope is that these weekly giving challenges will provide simple ways for you to bless our community - not adding to the stress of the season - but returning to the joy found when we love God and love our neighbor.
Written by the many voices of The Hartford Project!