Share Your Christmas

This year, Share Your Christmas has gone virtual! You can contribute to gift cards for St. Luke’s Families and Maple Court veterans, or contribute directly to LEAP, Ronald McDonald House, or Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham.

Click on the donation links for more information.

St. Luke’s Families

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Each year, St. Luke’s Share Your Christmas helps a group of families from the community have a brighter holiday season. All families have been recommended by our clergy or parishioners. Many have been part of our Share Your Christmas program for several years, and also receive help from St. Luke’s throughout the year.

This year has been very difficult for the families that we help. Because of COVID-19, we can’t provide a Share Your Christmas tree where you can choose gift tags and return beautifully wrapped presents. However, the funds you donate will provide clothing, toys, food, and household items—and a lot of joy—during the holiday season. Families will receive gift cards that will enable them to buy necessities and maybe a few wish list items for Christmas. Please make your donation here no later than December 16.

Maple Court Veterans’ Community

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Maple Court, supported by Volunteers of America, is a transitional housing program for homeless veterans. By partnering with local ministries, the program provides the material needs and support necessary for successful integration into the community. St. Luke’s has worked with Maple Court for many years. You can make a donation towards Christmas gift cards for the veterans here until December 16.

Please contribute directly to the traditional Share Your Christmas partners below by visiting their sites:

How Share Your Christmas and the Alternative Gift Fair work in 2020

Adapting to COVID limitations, we are merging our traditional Alternative Gift Fair and Share Your Christmas onto one virtual online platform. This event page will be available from November 15 through the end of December. In a few cases, there is an earlier deadline for receiving donations. Where they apply, these deadlines appear with their individual donation categories.

While the list of donation opportunities here combines those that you would find at the in person Alternative Gift Fair and Share Your Christmas tree, it may feel overwhelming when it appears on a single web page. What you contribute here in 2020 equates to both your Alternative Gift Fair donations and your Share Your Christmas presents in previous years. So please be generous.

Most of the organizations listed on the page are able to receive online donations through their websites. For those, we link directly to the organization’s donation page, and your donation bypasses St. Luke’s entirely. In the four cases where donations do still come to St. Luke’s, you will find detailed instructions for how to donate.

Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP)

Believing in the potential of all children, LEAP empowers Latinx and other children in Durham to achieve academic success by providing a high-quality dual-language preschool and ongoing support through middle school. The Latinx community represented 77% of the COVID cases in Durham County in June. In response to many of our students’ parents being laid off or becoming sick, we made grants to families so they could pay their rent and remain housed. St. Luke’s is proud to house LEAP’s preschool and operations on its campus. Donate.

Ronald McDonald House

Built with love, the Ronald McDonald House of Durham and Wake offers a comforting “home-away-from-home” and a community of support for seriously ill children and their families. RMH has continued to offer hospitality to families of sick children during COVID-19. Give to either the Wishing Tree or choose Alternative Giving Cards.

The Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS)

APS Durham

Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) has been helping animals in our community since 1970 as a leader in building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach and providing care for animals in need. APS relies on donations from caring individuals and businesses to feed, shelter and provide medical attention for nearly 4,500 stray, surrendered, abandoned, abused and neglected animals each year. Donate items from their wish list, or donate cash.

Alternative Gift Fair

Below you will find 21 groups or organizations collected in 5 categories: Education, Housing and Food, Mental and Physical Health, International, and Social Justice.

Education

Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize

The Holy Cross Cross

St. Luke’s has enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with Holy Cross Anglican School ever since the school’s founding in 2006. Visit this page for the same two donation options available at the Holy Cross table when the AGF is held in Johnson Hall: contributing to the Holy Cross feeding program, and supporting our current St. Luke’s Holy Cross graduate through high school. Donate.

Crayons 2 Calculators

Crayons 2 Calculators (C2C) serves the educational and creative needs of students in the Durham public school system by providing free school supplies to classroom teachers from their warehouse store. Donate.

St. Luke’s Youth

In order to afford both local and international mission trips and other activities, our Youth work to raise money throughout the year with a variety of fundraisers at St. Luke’s, such as preparing and serving meals and making crafts for the Alternative Gift Fair. Visit their page to donate.

Housing and Food

Community Empowerment Fund

Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) offers savings opportunities, financial education, and one-on-one advocate support to homeless and low income individuals at transitional housing locations in their walk towards independent housing and financial freedom. Donate.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham

Habitat for Humanity of Durham grew from Durham’s faith community, commitment to service, and belief in true partnership. Durham Habitat is a member of Green Home Builders of the Triangle, and also has a repairs program to help low income homeowners raise their housing standard while living where they can afford to. One of St. Luke’s proud sponsored builds is the Bishop Johnson Hospitality House. Donate.

Housing for New Hope

Housing for New Hope provides housing and hope to our most vulnerable neighbors by empowering and assisting them in finding and maintaining housing – a front door to call their own. Donate.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels Durham is committed to enhancing the quality of life for eligible home bound adults in our community, through dedicated volunteers who serve the elderly, frail, disabled, convalescing and others who cannot provide proper nutrition for themselves. Donate.

Urban Ministries of Durham

Urban Ministries of Durham connects with the community to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need. Pre-COVID, St. Luke’s actively supported UMD’s Community Cafe dining room by delivering breakfast casseroles made by parishioners. Donate.

Mental and Physical Health

Duke HomeCare and Hospice

Duke HomeCare and Hospice provides innovative, thoughtful care to those with life limiting illnesses, using an interdisciplinary team approach to support the emotional and spiritual needs of the patients, the families and communities we serve. Donate.

Duke Pediatric Blood and Marrow Family Support Program (duke pbmt)

At the Duke PBMT Family Support Program, we give patients and their families the opportunity to receive services that otherwise may not have been available or financially accessible as part of their transplant journey. Donate.

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP)

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) recycles donated durable medical equipment, restores the equipment, and loans it free of charge for reuse by any Durham County resident who needs it. Donate through Project Access of Durham County.

Josh’s Hope Foundation

Josh’s Hope Foundation helps young people living in central North Carolina who have serious mental health issues develop a plan and gain skills to successfully transition to adulthood. Donate.

Reality Ministries

Our mission at Reality Ministries is to create opportunities for adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience belonging, kinship and the life-changing Reality of Christ’s love. Donate.

Threshold

Threshold is a Clubhouse dedicated to helping adults with serious mental illness. We provide the support necessary to keep our members out of the hospital, succeed in their work, advance their education, and reach their personal goals. Donate.

International

Bull City Fair Trade

Formerly known as One World Market, Bull City Fair Trade’s sales provide a sustainable source of fair pay that helps ensure a living wage for thousands of artisans who live in over 70 different developing countries, giving them access to the US market to sell their handmade crafts. Shop online, or make a donation to support our operations.

Episcopal Relief and Development

One Thousand Days of Love is Episcopal Relief and Development’s $3 million grassroots Church-wide fundraising campaign dedicated to expanding the organization’s global programs, improving the lives of children up to age six. The Diocese of North Carolina is tracking each congregation’s donations to this campaign, so please indicate St. Luke’s, Durham in the comment field when you make your donation. Donate.

Heifer International

Heifer International’s community development model focuses on building social capital by increasing income and assets within farming families, improving their food security and nutrition, and protecting the environment – with women’s empowerment and connected communities at the very center. Donate.

mali health

Mali Health improves maternal and child health by supporting women, communities, and the community health system to create local solutions that ensure every mother and child has access to quality primary care. We reduce maternal & child mortality in resource-poor communities in West Africa. Donate.

Wiser

WISER works with girls to transcend poverty, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence. We do this by creating environments such as the WISER Girls Secondary School that empower young women to drive change in their communities. Donate.

Social Justice

Human Kindness Foundation

Human Kindness Foundation offers free books to people who are incarcerated, encouraging inmates to use their time on classic spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation or yoga, and stressing the importance of kindness to all. Donate.

Uniting NC

Uniting NC works to make North Carolina a place in which all people, including immigrants, have the opportunity to thrive and to engage in their communities. Our innovative Code the Dream program provides a gateway to the tech industry for minority and immigrant youth. Donate.