ARMFUL OF LOVE

Christus Victor is once again participating in the 360 Communities annual “Armful of Love” program.  The deadline is Oct 31st.

Last year 360 Communities made significant changes to the Armful of Love Program which enabled the continuation of the program while keeping families, sponsors, and volunteers healthy. In lieu of asking sponsors to shop for presents to fill families’ gift wishes, sponsors were asked to donate gift cards.

Clients and sponsors were surveyed after the holiday season about these changes. Feedback from clients indicated that gift cards were the preferred choice over gifts. It was easier for families, and it gave them a more meaningful experience – the ability to select and purchase their children’s gifts themselves. As a result of this feedback, the program will be run the same way in 2021.

360 COMMUNITIES IS ASKING FOR GIFT CARDS IN $25 INCREMENTS

(WITH RECEIPTS INCLUDED) FROM:

 TARGET, WALMART, CUB FOODS, ALDI, VISA, MASTER CARD OR AMAZON.

By limiting gift cards to these stores, it allows families to shop on-line and have gifts delivered to their homes if they wish to avoid stores or do not have transportation.

Let us be thankful for the opportunity to continue to reach out in our community again this year when so many continue to be hurt financially by the impact of COVID. Last year through our congregation’s generous giving almost $5,000 in gift cards were donated to Armful of Love which enabled parents to purchase gifts for 10 families!              Let’s see how many gift cards we can donate this year!

Please consider donating to this community holiday gift program by:

  • Purchasing gift card(s) at the retailer of your choice (see list of retailers above)
  • Placing gift card(s) and activation receipt(s) in a sealed envelope. On outside of envelope, write your name and the gift card(s) purchased.
  • Delivering gift card(s) to the church office NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31st. Since gift cards are like cash, please do not mail them.

The deadline is early again this year allowing 360 Communities staff and volunteers time to assemble and distribute the gift cards to the families.

If you have any questions, please contact Michele Iaria 612-209-4354 or miaria@charter.net or any member of the Social Ministries Committee

Thank you for your continued support for this program and helping make the upcoming Christmas season a little brighter for others  

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