We have been enjoying the fall season at Curbside. November is a busy month of serving for our ministry. Although we are not having Curbside outside until it gets warmer, we had two of our favorite events this month. First, we hosted our Thanksgiving meal for our families at Parker Bennett, and we had such a great time. Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make this a wonderful celebration for our Parker Bennett families. We also distributed our Thanksgiving boxes to our Lee Point families. It was snowing, and we still had so many volunteers show up to serve our families. In this season of thanks, we want to take a moment and say THANK YOU to our volunteers. Without you all, Curbside would not happen.
We are also getting ready for our Bag of Blessings event. Bag of Blessings started as a spinoff of Operation Christmas Child. In 2011, while distributing simple Christmas presents, Curbside volunteers began to notice a larger need: shoes. While waiting to receive their Christmas gifts, most of the children were barefoot in the cold. This was when we knew Bag of Blessings must grow to include more than just presents.
Since 2012, Curbside’s Bag of Blessings has given each person-child and adult–who walks in our door a new pair of shoes, as well as a free toy and household needs. We partner with several community churches and small groups to receive donations of the toys and household items. We rely FULLY on community involvement for toy donations. While families wait their turn to receive their “Bag of Blessings,” we provide holiday treats and dancing with the DJ! Santa Claus makes a special appearance, and the option to have a photo with him is available. We need all hands on deck for this event, so join us as we bless our neighbors this Christmas!