And We're Off!
Its been a great start, so far! The bags are filling and the cash is rolling in! A huge special Thank You to Balance Health & Injury Clinic for hosting the Challenge Game Night! Approximately 34,000 pounds of food were collected (thats how much SnowCap can buy with $1,700) from this spectacular event! And everyone had a great time!!
Another special Thank You we send out to Riverview Community Bank on Burnside! They hosted a Fill-A-Bag Dinner and Auction last Wednesday night. Were still waiting for the numbers but were sure it was a great success as well!!
If youd like to help, there are donation jars at these locations: Balance Health & Injury Clinic, Birch Community Services, Gresham Outlook, Nancys Floral, Human Solutions, Gresham Chrysler, Farmers Insurance-Rick Stubblefield, MBank, iCandy, Farmers Insurance-Spencer Lund, JR Furniture, Small Business Development Center, Eastco, Gresham Integrated Care, Kevin Minkoff CPA, Gresham Sign Solutions and Gresham Ford. Remember, for every $1, SnowCap can purchase 20 pounds of food from the Oregon Food Bank so those dollars go a long, long way!
And dont forget to pick up your last minute gifts and get your packages wrapped at Gresham Ford next Thursday, December 18th, 12pm-8pm benefitting the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation as well!
We couldnt do this without this amazing, graciously generous community! A big Thank You to everyone that has come out to the events, filled bags and donated cash. There are so many in need and through the hearts of this community, well make a difference this Holiday Season! Thank you all!!
Ribbons and Bows
Hurry, scurry! Hustle, bustle! The season of Cheer crashes in with the bell ringers ringing, the carolers caroling, reindeer flying, wrapping paper wrinkling, cookies baking and oh, my goodness, I forgot Aunt Sally!! Not to worry!! We have just the answer for you!
Thanks to Sue Piazza, theres an event happening at Gresham Ford, Final Touches Holiday Event. Let us do the gift wrapping for you. And for those last minute, oh my goodness I forgot moments, therell be Christmas Cut-out Cookies ready to decorate, Floral Arrangements, Gifts and other Goodies! Also, there will be some wonderful Holiday Stockings for him, her and the kids donated by local businesses.
And dont forget to purchase your ticket for a chance to win a 2014 Vespa S50! Who wouldnt want that? Go online: http://www.gbefkids.org/events-2014/ or stop by the service cashier at Gresham Ford. The drawing will be held at 7:25pm the night of the event and you NEED NOT TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!
All funds will benefit the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation 20/Twenty Fund. Additionally, every dollar earned will be matched up to $20,000. This is a great way to get all those last minute gifts and goodies to complete your holiday and help our schools in the process.
So, put this on your hurry, scurry, hustle, bustle calendar! December 18th, 12 noon to 8pm at Gresham Ford, 1999 E Powell Blvd. Take a breath, sit back and let us finish it up!! We got it handled!
Spread Some Warmth
The ways to give just keep on coming! How about Spreading Some Warmth at the Downtown Gresham Spirit of Christmas tree lighting celebration, November 29th? At the event, the Citys Youth Advisory Committee will collect donations of new and gently-used blankets, coats and socks for SnowCap Community Charities, which provides food, clothing, advocacy and other services to local needy families. The Spirit of Christmas also features free downtown activities before and after the tree lighting, which are hosted by local businesses with support from the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association.
Starting at 10am with Photos with Santa and lasting until 10pm with Christmas Jazz by the Tim Paxton Quartet at the Hoppy Brewer on Main Street, there is a full day of fun for the whole family. For a complete list of activities, times and locations as well as a list of sponsors for the event visit this website.
You dont want to miss this fun filled day, this Saturday, November 29th. If youre not up for making a day of it, the tree lighting event will be from 5-6:30pm at the Center for the Arts Plaza, downtown Gresham. Bring something warm for SnowCap and enjoy the warmth of our community at this traditional celebration ringing in our 2014 Christmas Season!
Happy Holidays to all and we hope to see you there!
A Poem of Thanksgiving...
Family in Need read the handwritten note. Give in the Name of the Lord. It was posted in the main hallway in the center of the bulletin board. As parishioners passed through the hall after the Sunday worshipping session, they stopped to read the prominent note and formed a concerned expression. Many met out in the parking lot in groups of two or three as they spoke of this family in need and wondered just who it could be. Did this family attend their church? What was their situation? Just which family had the preacher met who was in need of such donation? They spoke a while and left for home, but not until they all agreed that they would gather everything they could for this family in need. The preacher was sitting in the office ready to accept the gifts bestowed, and he stood up straight to warmly greet the first family that showed. The little boy stepped up to the table with a football in his hands. He said, The side is ripped a little, so I fixed it with rubber bands. Then approached his little sister, Heres a dress with buttons and lace. My grandma made it last year, a tender smile upon her face. Their parents put down a box of canned food, then quietly backed away and stood. We know what its like to be without and wanted to do whatever we could. The preacher wore a puzzled smile as he stared at the items lying there and at his desk, he sat to bow his head and speak a little prayer. Please bless this generous family. He graciously asked the Lord, For they are the Family-in-Need I referred to on the bulletin board.
'Tis the Season...
Is your church or non-profit organization looking for a way to help those in our community that may be a little less fortunate this Holiday Season? Well, heres the answer for you.
The Fourth Annual Fill-A-Bag food drive for SnowCap Community Charities is in full swing! If youd like to pick up a stack of bags to take to your church or organization stop by Gresham Ford. Were open until midnight and you can pick them up anytime. You can drop the filled bags at Riverview Community Bank on Burnside, Gresham Ford, Stamp-Connection or Balance Health & Injury Clinic. SnowCap not only benefits greatly from all the food donations, but the cash donations are an even better blessing. For every $1 donated, SnowCap can purchase 20 pounds of food!! Thats $.05 a pound!! There is an envelope attached to each bag if youd like to mail in your contributions or you can also donate online at: http://www.snowcap.org/Donate.aspx.
Another great annual event that is happening is A Celebration of Thanksgiving presented by Adventist Health. This Annual Thanksgiving concert highlighting a commitment to hope and healing features Wayne Watson and Susan Ashton. Admission is free with your donated nonperishable food items, but a ticket is required as space is limited. All donations will benefit the Oregon Food Bank. Tickets are available at Gresham Ford, but theyre going fast. It will be held at New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Rd, Happy Valley, November 22 at 7pm.
So, as we approach the Season of all Seasons, remember you can Fill-A-Bag or attend a concert and make a difference!