Community Christmas Boxes
What began many years ago as a small project to bring food and presents to families who would be without during the Christmas season has grown into a community wide mission project that provided over 300 “baskets” filled with great food and age appropriate presents to needy Columbus area families in December 2016.
Truly a community enterprise, Boulevard receives donations of food, money, gifts, and supplies from community groups in Grandview and beyond such as schools, other churches, social and service clubs, and individual families. These community groups to help assemble and deliver hundreds of boxes a week before Christmas to families all over the Columbus area.
As part of this Project we also collect new toys for the children in the families. In December 2016 we were able to provide a very nice gift for each of the 538 children in the families receiving our Christmas Community Care packages this year. This was a significant drop from the number of toys we have provided during the past several years. (Our record high was in 2011 with 1,024 toys!)
Special thanks to three of the groups and businesses in 2016 that were instrumental in helping with the toys:
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Upper Arlington has been very generous in bringing us toys for the past several years. This year they provided over 200 items! They also donate food supplies and home-baked cookies, and help with packing and delivering boxes to the families.
Walgreen’s Pharmacy on Tremont Road at Kingsdale has helped us for quite a few years by giving us a discount on all items we purchase from them. Once again this year, their manager Stefanie arranged to bring in a multitude of toys from other Walgreen’s stores to help fulfill our shopping list.
Bath & Body Works on the first floor at Tuttle Mall has been a wonderful help for several years also. We purchase gifts for the teenage girls there during their big Semi-Annual Sales, and the store manager always makes it an enjoyable experience from giving advice on fragrances, to donating bags and ribbon to package the gifts and even helping carry bags and bags of products to my car.
The toy room would like to thank all everyone for the donations from our church family, our preschool family, and for the help with the bag decorating, wrapping, and hauling of the gift bags from our third floor “workshop” to Fellowship Hall. It is amazing what can be accomplished when many hands work together to share Christ’s love! THANK YOU!
To learn more about Boulevard’s Christmas Box program check out this article from the December 22, 2010 edition of This Week Grandview Boulevard Christmas Package Program Aids More Than 380 Families
Help is needed year round to make this program a success. Fill out the contact form and learn how you can get involved!