Wednesday, November 29, 2017
December Holiday Dinner - December 11, 2017, 6 pm
Bring a dish to share(not too big), your dinner place setting(plate, silverware, napkin), and something from the list below for our Tioga County Homeless Initiative gift exchange. See you there!
Christmas Party Gift Exchange
Our long-standing holiday tradition is to exchange gifts at our Christmas dinner meeting. We’ve traded fat quarters several different ways, some quite raucous! We’ve shared handmade decorations and sewing notions. At its recent meeting, the guild’s Board decided to try giving to others instead of to one another. We have many worthwhile charities in our communities which provide help to residents in need. The Board selected the Tioga County Homeless Initiative to be our gift recipient for 2017.
The Homeless Initiative operates a shelter in Whitneyville which can house up to sixteen individuals for periods up to 30 days. Dinners for the group are provided by a coalition of 13 local churches. Residents are away from the shelter during the day, in training, looking for work and for more permanent housing. Abby Thorborg, program director, spoke to the guild at the September meeting. She said that toiletries and laundry detergent are particular and on-going needs, and that towels are in short supply.
Funding for the Homeless Initiative is challenging. That’s where we can help. The $10 we each spend for a gift to a guild member will buy some much needed supplies for the shelter. Look through the list below and pick an item or two to bring to our holiday dinner. Of course, money is welcome, too. It helps pay for utilities, their small mortgage, and simple upkeep on the shelter house. Checks can be made out to Tioga County Homeless Initiative, and are tax-deductible
Toiletries: deodorant, razors, toothpaste, lotion, feminine products
Cleaning supplies: laundry detergent, bleach, toilet cleaner, sub cleaner, dish
soap, kitchen trash bags, big garbage bags, cleaning liquids, cleaning wipes
Paper products: plates, cups, napkins toilet paper, paper towels
Office supplies: paper, tablets, tape, pens, binders, file folders
Misc. Items: coffee, sugar, creamer, iced tea mix, drink mix (Kool aid type)