Because of continued issues with COVID-19, Share Your Christmas will be virtual again this year. You can contribute to gift cards for St. Luke’s Families, LEAP Families and Maple Court Veterans, or contribute directly to Ronald McDonald House or Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham.

To make sure we have time to purchase gift cards and get them to the St. Luke’s Families, LEAP Families, and Maple Court veterans before Christmas, please make your donation by December 12.

Give one of two ways:
by check with a memo line or separate note showing the amount for each program, payable to St. Luke’s, 1737 Hillandale Road, Durham 27705;
or pay through ACS beginning November 21.  In ACS, choose Share Your Christmas from the “select a fund” pull-down menu, then optionally designate an individual program (St.Luke’s Families, LEAP Families, or Maple Court) in the “optional memo” field.  Use the “+ add more” button to split your donation across multiple programs.

St. Luke’s Families

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.

2021 has been another difficult year for the 10 families we are assisting. Here are some examples:

  • One family’s major breadwinner managed to secure a permanent job with a dependable salary and benefits.  However, because that salary pays more than his previous intermittent work, the family lost their food subsidy.  With four growing children, they cannot afford enough food, so the father is looking for weekend work to supplement his income.
  • Another woman was forced to sell her house because it was so damaged, she could not afford to repair it. She managed to sell the house, but at a price that was less than the amount she owed the mortgage company.  Eventually, she moved into an apartment, which was robbed shortly after she moved in. The robbers took literally everything of value.  The woman, in her 50s, has now moved into the basement of her mother’s house and is trying to rebuild her finances and her independence.
  • A mother, who was living in her car last year, finally found a home for herself and her two children with a cousin.  Things seemed brighter, but the cousin died and she had to leave.  She has just been approved for an apartment but is waiting to move in.  Meanwhile, “I’m still house to house.” This family is also in desperate need of a donated car.

Your contributions will make an enormous difference in the lives of our St. Luke’s Families. 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 a few wish list items for Christmas. Please make your donation no later than December 12.

Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP)

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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.

This year, LEAP is requesting support for two of their participants’ families.

  • One family just fled Guatemala.  They have been here less than six months. The 3-year-old boy who participates in LEAP has a 6-year-old sister.  His mother completed 7th grade in Guatemala; his dad, a construction worker, finished 6th grade. The boy as yet speaks no English but loves the activities at school and is listening intently (the first stage of learning a new language).
  • A single mom who works as a painter heads the second family. The LEAP participant is a 4-year-old boy. He has a 10-year-old sister, who attended Nuestra Escuelita. The bus picks him up and takes him to a babysitter’s after school. This child has learned some English from his sister. He actively participates in everything at school.

You can make a donation towards Christmas gift cards for the LEAP families through December 12.

Maple Court Veterans’ Community

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. Once again this year, St. Luke’s is aiming to provide a $25 gift card to each veteran as part of Share Your Christmas.  If funds are contributed in excess of the amount needed for gift cards, the money will be donated to Maple Court to buy food for their pantry from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. You can make a donation towards Christmas gift cards for the veterans until December 12.

For the two partner organizations below, please send donations directly to their mailing addresses, or donate through their web sites.

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. Donate items from the Wishing Tree, choose Alternative Giving Cards, or make a cash donation.

Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Durham and Wake, 506 Alexander Avenue, Durham 27705

The Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS)

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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 5,000 stray, surrendered, abandoned, abused and neglected animals each year. Donate items from their wish list, or donate cash.

Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham, Attn. Development Office, 2117 East Club Blvd., Durham 27704