Sunday, July 31, 2011

Back To School - SALES!

This is the first post of 2011 about the Gifts for Gracias Christmas Gift Project. Yes, it's July - the end of July - so it must be time to start talking about Christmas, right?

If you're unfamiliar with our project, here's a brief overview, from our website:

This will be our seventh year to distribute Christmas gifts in and around the city of Gracias, in the department of Lempira. This department is officially recognized by the Honduran government as the poorest area of Honduras. The recipients of the Christmas gifts will again be the pastors of the area churches and their families, and also children in our nutrition centers, special needs program, in the local hospital, and in 14 orphanages.

We hope that this will be an opportunity for you to reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Soon I'll be posting the updated info for 2011, regarding mailing addresses and deadlines, but even though I don't have that all pulled together for you, I wanted to go ahead and post a quick reminder about the project, because it's almost time for Back-To-School sales to start. School supplies are a major need here, and we like to use them as the backbone of the gifts for school aged children. If you have the opportunity to purchase some extra school supplies to donate to the project, why not do so now, while the good sales are on? Some donors make up complete gifts for us to distribute, some send a box of one or two items in bulk - like spiral bound notebooks, boxes of crayons, etc. Either way, we're delighted to receive these offerings!

As in previous years, we will have locations in Maryland and Florida to which donations can be delivered or mailed. I'll have those specifics for you very soon, so watch for those.

Also, and this is very important - donations were down significantly the past two years. If there is any way you can help spread the word about this project, through your church, school, homeschool group, or any other way I haven't thought of, please do so. We really need all the help we can get with this! Thanks everyone!

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