those in need
SSgt Derrick Smith & Mindy Ulstad
For 11 years, HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS has devoted its energy during the Christmas Season to passionately advocating for those in need. Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of money, adopting a family or individual and/or donating your time to wrap gifts, shop for gifts or deliver gifts.
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Hope for Christmas
celebrating 11 Years!
Well, our 11th Hope for Christmas is in the books. As I sat at my desk yesterday afternoon and reflected on Hope for Christmas #11, I found myself thinking of each of the families, seniors and extra children we were able to help this year because of YOU!
I thought of the ones who had already lost their child or parent to cancer, car accident, Covid or some other situation. The one's who knew they were in their last days on earth. I thought of the children who were robbed of much of their normal childhood because of medical treatments and other things.
I thought of each of the seniors who consistently told me they felt forgotten and alone, especially at Christmas. I thought of the many extra children we helped that must feel they are alone in the world.
I thought of the many prayers I prayed with each of the families and how once again, God brought us through. I recalled the many tears of hope and love that were shared as people came to wrap gifts for strangers.
The many high school kids from St. Elizabeth's who took time, for the second year, to do something for others. The children and staff from Our Lady of the Snows School in Eugene, who went above and beyond for two of our families. The many church groups, countless individuals, offices, and families that came together to shop and wrap gifts for many who just needed a little Hope for Christmas.
I look at our Co-Chairs, Mindy Ulstad and Derrick Smith and I am thankful for their passion and giving spirit. They definitely led Hope for Christmas by example!
Thank you to everyone who helped! It took each and every one of you! From those who prayed to the wrappers. From the adopters to the shoppers. From the donors to those who helped sort and load deliveries and every volunteer! ALL of YOU are AMAZING! THANK YOU!!
It's been a great Christmas season because of YOU! Many of you donated financially which was matched again this year by 2 anonymous donors. That helped us purchase gifts for families that didn't get adopted or those we took in at the last minute.
So many of you adopted families! For that we are also grateful. Families, offices, churches, youth groups...the list goes on of what groups came together and adopted our families.
Lots of you volunteered your time to wrap gifts, even though that looked a little different due to "Social Distancing". We appreciate you for doing that because it can be a daunting task (for me, anyway!).
Deliveries and pick ups were completed differently this year due to Covid, but by the Grace of God - we were able to complete our tasks! It was the culmination of everyone's efforts being taken care of.
I know many of you sacrificed in order that one of our families might have a brighter Christmas. I appreciate your willingness to share "Hope" for Christmas with others.
Many of our families are dealing with a child with serious, sometimes terminal medical issues. Some are dealing with the loss of a spouse/parent/child and the grieving process. All are blessed by your gift of time, effort, money and most of all hope!
The reality of the situations our families are dealing with were revealed more than ever this year, when we received calls, one by one that 11 of our families lost the loved one they so much wanted to spend one last Christmas with. This is the largest number of deaths we've ever dealt with and it was tough! Seven of these were children and that makes it even more difficult! I cry as I write this...shedding tears for each family.
It's been an emotionally and physically draining time as usual and at times very frustrating, but with your support and encouragement, I'm here today to say THANK YOU!
I have received blessings every day from the adopted families and seniors and from YOU!
YOU are a blessing to many this Christmas and I wanted you to know I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart! I appreciate Mindy and Derrick who worked tirelessly as our leadership team. Without their faith, hard work, determination and prayers, we wouldn't have been able to provide the help this year!
To Assistant Director, Julie Meranda, thank you for following God's lead! Thank you for your enthusiasm, great wrapping and encouragement...and for knowing when I needed a Dr. Pepper...or just some quiet time.
To the many who prayed us through "Hope for Christmas " , thank you! It takes everyone doing their part to see this through! You guys are the best!
Thank you again to all of you that donated time, money, gifts, etc...we couldn't have pulled this off without YOU!
Finally, I'd like to thank you to my husband, Shane Bullock who has had to deal with crazy hours, lots of weird honey-do's and an extremely exhausted wife. He has had to play Santa more times than he'd like to recall and continues to find his truck being used as Santa's sleigh!
This year was quite an undertaking for all involved and I could not have done my part without my wonderful husband and all of you!
Because of you, these families and senior citizens received not only material gifts but they also received gifts from the heart...they received... "Hope" for Christmas!
There are so many emotions....so many people hurting and grieving, and a lot of love. Through all of this, YOU have shared the love of Jesus and the Hope that comes with this Holy Season.
Thank you for giving "HOPE" for Christmas to these and others this year! You are a blessing! I am blessed beyond measure to have you in my life!
HAPPY & GLORIOUS NEW YEAR!
Founder/ Executive Director