Well Chewelah, we did it, another summer come and gone. A successful and productive one at that! Especially for The Chewelah Youth & Community Foundation (The CYC Foundation for short). We added a new night to our Game Nites (Wednesdays from 3-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5-9 with dinner on Friday at Abundant Life Fellowship); The Chewelah Kiwanis Club threw a benefit concert/cook out in the park us in June; we had our Annual 4th of July Bash; and made repairs to the City Skate Park. Now school has started and we look to the holidays.
We know Halloween is almost on us with BooFest the Friday before Halloween. Then of course Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s Christmas that draws our attention and it’s the reason for this article. You may have guessed, we’re kicking off the ‘Chewelah Tree of Sharing 2012.’
This year, we will have a full two weeks extra of sign up time. That should allow for a less hectic finale to the present drive, and of course it means more families will have opportunity to sign up! Like year’s past, the drive is open for ALL families in our zip code (or phone number prefix of 935]! Families can sign up all children living in their house from newborn [if a child is due before Jan. 1 of 2013, you can sign them up) to age 18. As in years past, we will ask for family name, contact info, children’s age/gender (children’s names NOT necessary) present ideas, clothing size, etc. We also provide winter hats (homemade beanies) and gloves. We also hope to have new or lightly used winter coats donated and blankets! (That requires donors coming through with coats and blankets for us to provide … )
Sign up sheets will be located at the office of The Independent (on Main St. next to Ace Hardware), The Lost But Found Thrift Store (also on Main St) as well as at The CYC Foundation’s Game Nites at the Abundant Life Fellowship.
Schedule for this year:
Sign ups: Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Friday, Nov. 16.
Tags will be available at The Independent as soon as we get one full sheet of sign ups, but no later then Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Last day to pick up tags will be Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Present pick ups: Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec 20 from 1-5:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 21 from 1-7 p.m. at Abundant Life Fellowship.
On Friday, Dec. 21 will also be The CYC Foundation’s Annual Christmas Party from 5-9 p.m. at Abundant Life Fellowship, EVERYONE is invited to attend!
This great present drive always proves a great success thanks solely to the generosity of our donors (both private and business donors, some from out of our area even!). For last year’s business donors, you can look on our website: www.TheCYCFoundation.org (in fact, there is a lot of great info on us on the site, check it out!). We are always in awe of this great cities desire to reach out and help one another and look forward to that trend to keep happening this year and for years to come.
If you wish to donate, and receive a tax write off reciept, make a check payable to: Abundant Life Fellowship with a memo for Tree of Sharing [the church is a 501[c]3 which means they can provide a tax receipt, where as we are not yet a 501[c]3). Cash donations are also accepted. Both checks and/or cash can be dropped off at any sign up location.
Items for donation are best to drop off at Abundant Life Fellowship during their business hours and/or during Game Nites, but smaller items can be dropped off at sign up locations if all else fails. As the present drive gets underway, we’ll keep you up to date with more articles!
Thanks for everything Chewelah!
Submitted by Jason Marin, The CYC Foundation