Common Ground Christmas Follow Up
By: Michael Eulitt
It’s been a very busy fall season for Common Ground as we have worked to support our school communities. Many of our families have been impacted by the pandemic and as a result, there was a large increase in the number of children and families needing assistance at Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Additionally, five of our six schools requested gift cards for their families this year at Christmas resulting in a significant increase in upfront costs for us. I must confess, I was worried whether we would be able to meet all of the requests. I realize now, I shouldn’t have been worried.
The congregations of all three churches, Foothills, Santa Sophia, and Shepherd of the Valley, stepped forward to not only meet but far exceed the needs of our families. In the five schools that had requested gift cards, we ended up serving 81 families with 174 children. Each of the children received a $25 Target gift card and each family nominated by our six schools received a $25 grocery gift card. Larger families received an additional grocery gift card. In all, Common Ground served 89 families with 187 children this Christmas.
The outpouring of generosity from the church community is both inspiring and humbling. Lives were brightened and Christmas wishes were once again fulfilled. We greatly appreciate your continued faith in our mission to better the lives of children and families in our community and we eagerly look forward with anticipation to our projects this spring. These projects include providing free books to kids, building bicycles, providing warm clothing and hygiene supplies, supporting families facing food insecurity, and addressing emergency needs for families. These things are possible because of you.
Thank you for your support. God bless you all.