We will have 5 charities represented on our tree this year. Each charity has 100 tags. Please consider one or more of the needs of these charities when you pass the trees in the narthex and entrances this season. Our goal, of course, is to have all the tags taken from the trees.
The following is a short description of each charity represented and in some cases how they use their gifts. As you can see by the descriptions, some of these gifts go directly to the people that are served by the charity and some gifts are just for the everyday function of the charity.
Path: BLUE. Path Homeless Services uses donations of clothing, cold weather essentials and gift cards (to purchase individualized items) to ensure that people experiencing homelessness in the Bloomington-Normal area have these necessary items to keep warm throughout the winter.
Safe Harbor: RED. Last year Safe Harbor served hundreds and hundreds of unique homeless individuals, averaged 40 individuals in the day center, provided nearly 22,000 nights lodging and successfully transitioned 52% of our population.
Mid Central Community Action (Neville House): CREAM. Many times when victims are escaping dangerous situations, they are only able to take the clothes on their back. Donations to the Neville House help women and children feel more comfortable and safe during their stay.
Birthright: GREEN. At Birthright, we understand the challenges related to unplanned pregnancies. We know that it can be an overwhelming and often scary situation.
Catholic Charities: GOLD. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria has programs to assist area children to have a head start in their education through the book bags and supplies.