Prince of Peace - Doorstep Needs - November, 2021

Hello All,

Our focus the rest of this year is Doorstep’s Christmas Project.  Earlier in the year we thought we may be able to have the actual Christmas Store… until the Delta variant arrived!  So, for the safety of everyone, and the fact that we might not have enough volunteers to pull off the full Christmas Store, we are doing something similar to last year. 

We have started early in organizing, arranging, and promoting needed items.  Our dedicated volunteers have been going through the basement and pulling out all of the previously donated items that we can use for 2021.  But, we will still need more blankets, household items, and games/puzzles.

Doorstep will adopt the 260 households and 800+ individuals from the Christmas Bureau like before.  However, this year we are adding to what the families will receive.  We will provide our regular Christmas food package, a $20 gift card for each family member, a health kit, blanket or quilt, a household item such as coffee pot, crockpot, sheet set, school supplies, and a family pack of games, puzzles and toys. 

What we need for Christmas at this time is: 

Full/Queen and King Blankets (new)

Coffee pots, Crockpots, Toasters, Skillet Sets and Electric Skillets (new)

Board games and puzzles (new)

Monetary Donations

Proceeding with the Christmas Project this way does increase our costs overall with the gift cards ($16,000) and the regular food order ($12,000), but it is the safest way to proceed for 2021.

We need your monetary donations to purchase the gift cards, the food, and any of the above items not donated.  You can mail your tax deductible donations to:  Doorstep, Inc., 1119 SW 10th, Topeka, Ks  66604 or go to our website (www.doorsteptopeka.org) to donate by credit card. 

Thank you in advance for helping your neighbors in need this holiday season! 

Lisa Cain

 

 

Christmas Adoption Project, 2021

Hello All, 

We are starting early this year on the Christmas Adoption Project.

We will handle distribution much like last year, with additional items.

We are going through all of the donations for Christmas in the basement from the past two years, and trying to give out what we can.

We will need additional items as well, and we are increasing the gift card amount per person from $15 to $20.

I think you can see why we are starting early… it will be a lot of organization on the front-end to make distribution run smoothly.

Please share this request where you can.  We would like to finish health kits and school kits so we can start working on other gift areas.

And, as always, we have some wonderful volunteers managing this undertaking while the staff handles services.

Thank you,

 

Lisa Cain

Christmas Bureau Needs 2021

Subject: The Christmas Bureau Needs Volunteers
Importance: High

Hello All,

As you probably know Doorstep receives our households for adoption from the Christmas Bureau sign up.

Sign up starts next Tuesday, and the United Way needs more volunteers to run it efficiently and get the families signed up.

From the United Way Facebook Page:

We're focusing on opportunities coming in just another week or so with Christmas Bureau. 

This annual holiday program can't happen without caring folks who volunteer to help get families signed up. 

Whether you just want to be a greeter or if you want to help families and individuals navigate the actual intake process, we need you! 

There are opportunities from 10 am to 7 pm on October 26 and 28 and on November 3 and 5. 

We need to staff three locations those days and shifts are 2 or 3 hours. 

On the last day of intake, Saturday, November 6, only one location will be open and only from 10 am to 2 pm. 

Get all the details here: https://unitedwaytopeka.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/...

These are in-person opportunities and masking and social distancing will be required. If your shift is over a mealtime, we'll be feeding you as well. 

If you have trouble signing up, please email Jess Barraclough at jnb@unitedwaytopeka.org<mailto:jnb@unitedwaytopeka.org

If you have time to help out on any of the days, please email Jess at the United Way, her email is above.

Thank you,

Lisa Cain

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