Rescue Mission in need of Christmas gifts for residents
With Christmas just around the corner, Rockford Rescue Mission’s “Bless-a-Resident” program is running short of gifts for the men, women and children who will be staying at the mission over the holidays.
Through the “Bless-a-Resident” program, families and individuals compile “wish lists” of the items they would like to have, and the mission relies on caring individuals, churches and other organizations from the community to provide them.
“The gifts they ask for are items that will give them confidence and help them feel more comfortable during their stay with us,” said Mission Executive Director Sherry Pitney. “Their lists may include pajamas and slippers, jackets and gloves, jeans, sweaters, and Christian books and CDs. And the children ask for things all kids want — the latest toys, games and books.”
The mission needs gifts for as many as 11 women, 26 men and 19 children, Pitney said. The presents are needed by Dec. 22, in time for the mission’s holiday dinner and festivities.
“We want to be sure everyone’s ‘wish list’ is fulfilled and that they know we love and care about them,” Pitney said. “We don’t want anyone to go without presents on this special day, as we celebrate the wonderful gift of Christ’s birth.”
The mission encourages groups and individuals who would like to “bless a resident” at Christmas to call Spring Eldridge at (815) 316-4151 and request a wish list for one or more of the men, women and children in their shelters. They’re asked to shop for the items and wrap and deliver them to 715 W. State St., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
“We ask that purchases are limited to a $50 value per resident,” Pitney said. “And please know every gift will be cherished and appreciated.”
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1964, Rockford Rescue Mission provides nutritious meals and safe shelter for thousands of hungry and homeless men, women and children every year, along with recovery programs and outreach services to rescue, recover and restore the lives of those who are struggling in the Rockford community.
From the Dec. 14-20, 2011, issue
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