Thursday, December 20th we are hosting our annual Christmas party for our community in the North End. The party gives us the opportunity to share the love of Christ to the families in our community by providing a festive program, a free meal and, if possible, gifts to every child under twelve. We expect to serve a meal to 500 people and give gifts to 200 children. So you can imagine the amount of supplies required to make the night successful.
We are accepting the following donations:
Unwrapped gifts from $5 – $8 for 200 children under 12
• Pails of chili
Christmas Hampers (new items only)
• Wrapped Candies
• Non-perishable food
• Cleaning Supplies
All donations can be brought to Inner City Youth Alive at 418 Aberdeen Avenue by December 14. Contact Kirsten at 582-8779 or email Kirsten@icya.ca with questions.
If you are a church in Winnipeg, Altona, Rosenort or Steinbach who would like to set up a collection box in your foyers. Call ICYA to arrange for a pick up. Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness and putting a smile on a child’s face.
Stories from the Christmas party last year
A young woman came to the Christmas party with her nieces and nephews. She revealed to a staff member she had just been diagnosed with cancer. A sad diagnosis for a 21 year old. She swallowed her pride and asked for some leftover food for her home, which was gladly given to her. Before she left, she asked for us to pray for her. It was nice to be able to give her those wonderful gifts and see her smile when she left the building.
One of our staff asked a 9 year old boy how he felt about the toy car that he got at the Christmas party and he replied, “I love it”! Then he hesitated a bit as he added, “I think I am going to give it to my little brother for Christmas.”