Christmas for Our Kids

ChristmasForKidsCandyCane“Christmas for Our Kids” is a long standing community project started by Sue Horstmeyer and currently spearheaded by the local ESA women’s organization. Because of the generosity of the Dell Rapids community, we are able to ensure a Merry Christmas for all of our Dell Rapids kids. Last Christmas the ESA elves were able to deliver gifts to 95 children from 42 families in the Dell Rapids area. Those kids truly had a Merry Christmas because of your kindness.

The “Christmas for Our Kids” project works like this:

  • Families in need are identified through anonymous referrals. We may all know a family in our community that is going through tough times and could use our help to provide those extras over the holidays.
  • Referred families are contacted and kid’s “wish lists” are requested.
  • These “wish lists” are filled through donations and delivered to families prior to Christmas.

Here are some ways you can help ensure another successful “Christmas for Our Kids” project:

  1. Refer a Family in Need – Contact Brenda O’Hara or Lori Morris with family referrals now or any time before Christmas – (Brenda: Cell 201-6571 or brendaohara@outlook.com Lori: Cell 359-8795 or morris@k12.sd.us ).
  2. Adopt a Child or Family – You or your group can adopt a child or family and purchase gifts from their “wish lists”. You will be anonymously matched up with a child or family and have fun shopping. Contact Brenda or Lori to be matched with a family.
  3. Angel Tree – There will be two Angel Trees set up with specific gift requests. Stop by Avera Hospital or First National Bank and take a tag from the Angel Tree, do your shopping, and return the unwrapped gift under the tree with the tag attached.
  4. Make a Monetary Donation – Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to “Christmas for Our Kids”, First National Bank, 312 E. 4th Street, Dell Rapids, SD 57022.

We hope to have all donations collected by December 14th so that gifts can be sorted and delivered to the families prior to Christmas. As we enter the holiday season please consider being part of this Dell Rapids tradition. If you have any questions please contact Brenda O’Hara at 201-6571 or brendaohara@outlook.com, or Lori Morris at 359-8795 or lori.morris@k12.sd.us.

Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior (GEMS)

GEMSGEMS Girls Club will be kicking off for an exciting new year! We hope that you
will join us! Our kick off is Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

What: GEMS Girls Club

Who: Girls K-8th Grade

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays—3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Where: Hosted at First Baptist Church
512 East 5th Street
Dell Rapids, SD  57022
(605) 428-3756

Cost: $20
*Contact Mary Gannon or Rev. Melissa Fletcher

Check it out at www.gemsgc.org

Dell Rapids Food Pantry

The local FOOD PANTRY can always use the following items:

  • cereal (not oatmeal)
  • spaghetti or other noodles
  • hygiene items
  • toilet paper
  • brownie mixes
  • instant potatoes
  • canned fruit
  • soup
  • Jell-O and pudding (sugar free and regular)
  • condiments
  • canned meat or fish
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • laundry supplies
  • boxed meals
  • baked beans (not green)
  • bread
  • buns
  • rolls

Items can be dropped off at either the Methodist Church or put in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids’ grocery cart just inside the entryway.