Success!!! The Pyjama Drive is over! No more donations are needed. Thanks!
CHRISTMAS IS COMING – COVID WILL NOT BE THE GRINCH THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Your Outreach Committee would like to thank all those who contributed to our annual Pyjama Drive for Kerr Street Mission. As you know, this year we asked you to contribute money as shopping is not comfortable for many of us. Your compassion and generosity allowed us to raise $2820. We estimate that in past years we received about $1500 in pyjamas so this is a significant increase. This is most welcome because this year the need is greater than ever. Since March use of the food bank at KSM has gone up 58% and they hope to help 1500 people enjoy a better Christmas this holiday season. Funds are used to buy toys, pyjamas, food and gift cards for the clientele registered for their Christmas Wonders and Beyond program. Many churches, groups and individuals support KSM. We are blessed to be able to do our part to ensure every one of KSM’s clients enjoys a special meal and has a gift under the tree Christmas morning.
This year Christmas will be different. Yet in other ways Christmas will be the same. Children will still wake up Christmas morning and rush to see their tree and find their presents underneath it. In the past Maple Grove United Church has generously donated all the children’s pyjamas Kerr Street Mission has asked us to provide. Your Outreach Committee knows that this year many of us will not feel comfortable personally shopping for the pyjamas. So we are asking you to do something you have not done before. Instead of shopping please donate $30 to provide one pair of pyjamas, socks and some food items for one child. If you are able please donate $60 or $90 to provide gifts for two or three children. The Outreach Committee will online order the gifts for the boys and girls in all the necessary sizes and take them to KSM.
Please drop your cheques (noted for the pyjama drive) off in the church lockbox on the brick wall beside the back door of the church or mail them to the church at 346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville, L6J 4V5. Another option is to go to the bottom of a Maple Grove United Church website page. Click on the “Please donate here” button and choose #9 “Designated for a special purpose – please describe” from the options. Then type in “pyjamas”. This year you will be able to receive a tax receipt for your donations.
We would appreciate receiving the donations by November 15th to allow time to order and receive the pyjamas.Maple Grove is just one of the many churches involved in making Christmas more wonderful for children who otherwise would not have a particularly bounteous Christmas. This year Christmas will be different but at least one thing will be the same. We are confident every child on the list will receive a cozy new pair of pyjamas from our congregation.