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Giving as we have received to help those in need

 

Thank you for your interest in our Seasonal Programs!

 

The GRACE Holiday Food Program exists to serve those in need by providing warm meals for families to enjoy over the holidays. Each food basket includes a turkey, fruits, vegetables and kitchen staples for at least four meals.

Christmas Cottage is a GRACE program that provides new, unwrapped gifts to families facing financial hardship due to limited income or recent emergency.  Each qualified family is given a hypothetical “budget” that allows the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods and appliances in a private, store-like setting. This unique approach allows families to budget their resources and select unique presents while preserving the family’s dignity. Over 2,700 individuals and families are served at Christmas Cottage each holiday season.

Providing warmth and comfort this season not only allows families facing hardship to uphold cherished traditions; both programs are designed to continue a legacy of giving and instill new traditions for individuals, families and groups year after year.

This incredible effort is sustained by gifts donated by the community, hundreds of volunteer hours, and many, many batches of cookies!

This packet is a tool for individuals, families and groups to share the holiday spirit in a tangible way this season. On behalf of the families we serve, our deepest appreciation for investing your time, treasure and talent to extend grace to those in need this Christmas.

The 2018 Grace Christmas Cottage is located at 1250 William D Tate; Grapevine, TX. 76051 in the Grapevine Towne Center between Petco and Joann Fabrics.

 

Thank you for supporting GRACE families!

Blessings,

 

Lori Stevens

lstevens@GRACEGrapevine.org

Christmas Cottage Coordinator

817-992-4690

 

GIVE

  • Make a monetary donation to the GRACE Christmas Holiday Fund at GRACEGrapevine.org

 

HOST A COLLECTION WITHIN YOUR GROUP

  • Gift card drive
  • New toy drive
  • Set up a tree display and have members adopt ornament with toy items
  • Use Holiday Food List to host Holiday Food Drive

 

VOLUNTEER

  • Assist clients, price items and help with maintenance of Cottage.  Spanish-speaking volunteers are always needed.  Please call or email Lori.
  • Bake cookies for families (we need twelve dozen daily!).
  • Clean, unpack and sort Christmas Cottage after closing.

PICK UP TOYS

  • Prepare Christmas Cottage by organizing, stocking or decorating Cottage.

PRAY

  • Continue to pray for families that are facing hardship this season, and that God allows us to meet their most pressing needs.

 

GRACE Christmas Cottage Toy Wish List

Christmas Cottage will be open from December 10th – 22nd

Please make sure all gifts are new and unwrapped.

Wrapping paper, tape, bows, wire ribbon, and batteries are always needed.

Any current and popular toys are always needed!!!!!

 

CHILDREN

Disney Anything

Dolls of Color / Newer Baby Dolls

Easy Bake Ovens

Science Kits / Science Toys

All Board Games

Infant Toys / FP Little People

Lego Sets All Type

Fur Real Pets

Marvel /Action Figure Toys

Hot Wheel Track Sets

Little Live Pets

Arts & Craft Kits

Anything Unicorn

LOL Dolls

Don’t Step In It – Game

Cars & Trucks

Current Action Figures

Barbie Accessories Cars, Tents, Pools Etc.

Infant /Toddler clothes

Shopkins / Polly Pockets

Pokemon

Woodzeezz / Fingerlings

My Generation Dolls & Accessories

Nerf Toys (For Boys & Girls)

Remote-Controlled Cars

Discovery / STEM Toys

Sesame St. Toys / Paw Patrol

Hatchimals

Harry Pottery Anything

Star Wars Anything

Toddler Toys Ages 1-3

Twin Bedding / Full

Educational Toys

 

TEENS

Cologne (Girls/Boys)

GIFT CARDS: Wal-Mart Target, Fast Food,

Remote Control Cars, Helicopter, Boats

Mountain Bikes/Helmets

Axe Fragrance Kits boys & girls

Bath & Body Works Lotions, Etc.

Bedroom Accessories

Cowboy, Stars, Mavericks, Rangers

b- fit Watch sets

Drones

Electronic Tablets

Fleece Bottoms Boy and Girl

Star Wars Anything

Sweatshirts- XS, S, M, L with Logos

Make-Up Sets / Nail Polish sets

Electric Razors

Large Art sets

Teen Bedding Sets

Teen Board Games

Luggage

Hair Straighteners & Curling Irons

 

ADULTS/FAMILY

Toaster Ovens / Blenders

Small Microwave Oven

Cookware Sets

Coffee Makers

Dish Sets Serving 8

Electric Griddles

George Foreman Grills

Gift Certificates

Irons

Small Vacuums

12 Days of Giving To Usher In The Big Day

 

With just 11 Days until Christmas, we at GRACE look forward to these coming days with anticipation and grateful hearts. Yet so many of our dear friends and neighbors face the ever-nearing day with heavy hearts. We encourage you to help us bestow blessings and GRACE upon those among us who are in need this Christmas. Please consider contributing to our 12 DAYS OF GIVING Campaign as we usher in the big day.

“Truly I tell you whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

There are countless ways GRACE and our clients could use your help during the holiday season.

 

Did you know…

  • $50 to $100 can provide a family of four food for a month.
  • $125 to $250 gives a mother vital diabetes treatment.
  • $250 to $500 gives a family victim of domestic abuse a home.

 

Giving

You can go directly to our donation page to make your contributions using this link:  http://www.gracegrapevine.org/donate_now.aspx.

 

Follow along with our 12 Days of Giving Campaign on our Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” us!).

Calling All Ye Merry Volunteers

 

Calling all ye merry volunteers!  We have holiday volunteer shifts galore!

 

Donation Station

The month of December is the busiest time of the year at Donation Station, which is an absolute blessing! However, we need your help sorting and processing donations that come in during this time. It is truly an “all hands on deck” experience. Please consider signing up for a shift at Donation Station HERE.

 

GRACEful Buys

GRACE Resale Operations also feel the hustle and bustle of Christmastime, and can use your help. Volunteers are needed to help with receiving donations, putting items on the GRACE box truck, and some simple sorting.  You can sign up HERE to volunteer.

 

Christmas Cottage

Thanks to the huge response from volunteers with the Christmas Cottage, shifts are currently very well-filled!  But wait — volunteers will be needed to help move Christmas Cottage décor (trees, ornaments, supplies, tables, etc…) from the current location back to the GRACE storage facility.  Items will be kept there until the 2019 holiday season.  To sign up to help move the Christmas Cottage back to the “North Pole,” please contact Lori at lstevens@gracegrapevine.com or  (817) 992-4690.

 

Click HERE for more information on donation needs and helping with GRACE Programs this Christmas.

GRACE Got Its Grinch On At The 2018 Christmas Cottage Open House

 

GRACE Christmas Cottage Open House has become one of the most popular opportunities for community members to witness the tangible difference their gifts and support means to hundreds of children and parents each Christmas season.

We kicked off the 2018 Christmas Cottage season stocked with room after room brimming with toys for all ages, all thanks to our countless volunteers and supporters like you!

 

 

This year guests were treated to a special caroling performance by the talented Academy Musical Theater Company from the Texas Center for Arts and Academics.

Guests of all ages indulged in Chef Ted Bilsky’s specialty “Teddy Cakes,” gooey mac and cheese, goat cheese, bacon and jelly toasts, and cowboy cookies that were worth every calorie.  An enormous thanks to our friends at Scratch Kitchen, who graciously provided all the party fare free of charge.

 

 

There were remarks from board members, contributors and staff extending their gratitude for the outpouring donations and volunteer service that make it all possible.

If you were able to join us and add to our collection of donated gifts, we are truly grateful for your abundant generosity. If you were not able to join us or participate in Christmas Cottage, there are still to ensure the success of next year’s Christmas Cottage and continuation of GRACE programs for 2019.

 

 

As we enjoy our blessings this Christmas, there’s one gift you can give that doesn’t require a bow. GRACE relies on year-end charitable gifts to ensure vital programs can continue the following year. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here before 2018 ends. A gift of $20, $50, $150, or $500 or more will provide direct relief to families struggling in our midst.

Please consider making a monetary donation to the GRACE Christmas Holiday Fund at GRACEGrapevine.org.

 

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Oh Little Town of Grapevine!

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people…a Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

 

 

We cannot express our gratitude enough for your generous giving and support throughout the year.  As we celebrate the birth of our Savior with those we love, let us remember the many families in our community who are struggling this holiday season.

Your charitable year-end gift will continue to make GRACE a place of hope for families in need.

May the Lord bless you as you prepare for this Christmas season!

Shonda Schaefer, GRACE CEO

 

You can go directly to our donation page to make your contributions using this link:  http://www.gracegrapevine.org/donate_now.aspx

Hop and Sting Brewing Co., Fomerly Grapevine Craft Brewery, Partner With GRACE

 

On any given day of operation, it is impossible to visit Hop and Sting Brewing Co., formerly Grapevine Craft Brewery (GCB), and not experience the bright environment a sense of camaraderie the neighborhood brewery creates.

As if you needed another reason to pay them a visit for a pint, the local tap room and beer garden is still featuring the GRACE American Wheat Beer to add some merry to your Christmastime.  The light citrus brew was originally created during GRACE’s April fundraising event, Dine to Donate, and has become a popular choice among customers.  So much so that the owners have made the decision to keep on giving!  Fifty cents for every GRACE American Wheat sold will benefit GRACE — plus, 5% of sales for every GRACE Keg sold!

For Hop and Sting, Grapevine is more than just a location; serving the community has been part of their culture since day one. They have been dedicated to serving local causes throughout the year, including manning free beverage stations at GRACE events, donating supplies, and —oh— raising significant donations and matching funds in recovery support following the Donation Station fire earlier this year.

 

 

It’s important that during the holiday season in particular, families experiencing crisis or financial hardship have a sense of stability and togetherness. Thank you to Hop and Sting for your steadfast support in helping us  feed, clothe, and care for families and children in need of grace.

Cheers!

Celebrate the Season of Giving at Our Christmas Cottage Open House

You are cordially invited to attend the Christmas Cottage Open House Tuesday, December 11th. Come visit and see how special the Christmas Cottage experience is. The “Grinch” theme is sure to delight young and old alike, and there will be plenty of goodies to go around.

GRACE clients are so fortunate to have the good will, volunteers and toys—all the amazing toys—from our community to open a Christmas Cottage each holiday season.  Client parents are thrilled and grateful for the chance to “shop” for their children’s gifts and then watch the excitement on their little faces Christmas morning.

When someone comes to GRACE for help, our caseworkers conduct a thorough assessment of their needs. For some in dire need, food, shelter, clothing and medical care are provided to the full extent. For others, assistance is provided to the extent needed. All clients benefit and our mission philosophy of “self-sufficiency” is always kept in mind.

For the Christmas Cottage, client parents are given a voucher equivalent to the needs of their family. With voucher in hand, parents and Christmas Cottage volunteers shop table-after-table of toys, electronics, clothing, books and games.

Their selections are then packaged in a black plastic bag (to prevent snooping) along with wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and cards. The parents can then select a “family gift” for the home, usually a small kitchen appliance.

In this way the folks at Christmas Cottage feel like our client parents are getting the true “Christmas Cottage Experience” of selecting toys and gifts that their children want and need, wrapping the gifts and watching their excited young ones tear off the paper and discover “what Santa brought.”

The Children’s Open House (for families and youth groups) is from 4:00– 5:30 PM. Cookies and punch will be provided, as well as a visit from The Grinch himself! The Open House begins at 5:30 PM with special wines and hors d’oeuvres.

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to add to the Christmas Cottage wares. The GRACE Christmas Cottage is at 1250 William D. Tate t in Grapevine, between JoAnne’s Fabrics and PetCo. If you have any questions, please contact 817-992-4690.

Colleyville Lions Club 23rd Annual Breakfast With Santa

The 23rd Annual Breakfast with Santa, Sponsored by the Colleyville Lions Club was held at the Colleyville Community Center this past Saturday, December 1st.

Breakfast With Santa provides a family-oriented activity that brings the entire community together.  Children receive a Santa hat and a visit and photo with Santa.

Each family participating was asked to donate one can of food for GRACE or a pair of used spectacles (not required). There were raffles and the big give away was a large screen smart TV.

It was a fun and busy morning as they raised funds to benefit charities such as GRACE, SNAP (Special Needs Assistance Program), Mid-Cities Safe-Haven for Battered Women and Children, Texas Lions Camp Bus Transportation, Large Print Books for the Colleyville Library, Computers for the Blind, and Lions Club scholarships.

The Colleyville Lions Club wishes to thank the companies and individuals that helped make this event possible; these contributions help many children and adults in our area. All proceeds from this event go to support the community.  Click here to see a list of all of the 2018 Sponsors.

Thanks to all those who sponsored this event, all those who participated, and all those who volunteered their time to make this such a success!

There’s No Place Like Home

In April our Food Pantry and Clinic were destroyed by a fire. Thankfully the Grapevine Fire Department came to the rescue, and no one was hurt. Because of the fire, GRACE was forced to move the Food Pantry and Clinic. The City of Grapevine was so gracious in allowing us to be temporarily housed at the old Police Station on Dallas.

The time finally came for us to move back to our Walnut Street location, and we are SO thankful and excited.

On December 3rd and 4th, our ever dependable GRACE volunteers stepped up to help us load food for our clients, and move it to back to 837 E. Walnut St.

The Client Choice Food Pantry provides perishable and non-perishable food to individuals and families in need. More than a mere handout, the Client Choice Food Pantry uses a voucher system for GRACE clients to shop and select the food items that meet the cultural and dietary needs of their households.

The Food Pantry offers many volunteer opportunities.

  • Substitute shifts while other volunteers have to take an absence
  • Help with Holiday Food Distribution during Christmas or other holidays in the future
  • Sort food after large food drives
  • Landscaping (weed and trim bushes)

You may download the latest shopping list for our food pantry here.

There is also always the option of running your very own holiday food drive.  Holiday food drives could be held as late as December 18th for our last minute pickups leading to right before Christmas.  Another option, that may allow more time for anyone who wishes to jump in to help last minute, would be a sock drive. We’re always looking for new socks, children, men and women and this could give you a little flex time, maybe even into the new year to collect?  Either way, we’re very grateful to have anyone pitch in any and every way!

The Food Pantry updates their most pressing needs based on supply shortage or time of year.  Please check back every so often to see if the needs have changed.

Contact: Rusty Thigpen, Food Pantry Manager

Volunteer Inquiries: Sarah Armand, Development & Volunteer Coordinator

Food Pantry Operating Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 12:30-5:30 pm

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