This year, we’re taking a “hybrid” approach to Share Your Christmas (gifts as well as contributions), so you have two ways to participate:
Take a tag from our Share Your Christmas tree at church, purchase and wrap presents and/or gift cards, then bring them back and put them under the Share Your Christmas tree;
Contribute funds toward the purchase of gift cards and/or presents for St. Luke’s Families, LEAP Families, Maple Court Veterans, Ronald McDonald House and the Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham. Here’s how:
- 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;
- pay through ACS beginning November 20. 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, Maple Court, Ronald McDonald House, or Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham) in the “optional memo” field. Use the “+ add more” button to split your donation across multiple programs.
- pay through PayPal. On the final payment screen, use the “add a note to your donation” to designate where you want your contribution to go.
To make sure we have time to purchase gift cards and presents and get them to the recipients before Christmas, please make your donation by December 14 (December 11 for Ronald McDonald House).
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.
2022 has been another difficult year for the 10 families we are assisting. Here are some examples:
- A woman, though disabled, manages to support herself and her grown son who is divorced and cannot work due to mental issues. After a year of living in the basement of her mother’s house, the woman has finally found a small apartment that she can afford. She and her son are very worried about the son’s child during the upcoming holidays because the ex-wife (the child’s mother) has just died of a drug overdose.
- Another woman’s resources are stretched very thin as she continues to support her large extended family. Earlier this year, she had to stop making her car payments when her brother moved in and required financial help. She had nearly paid off the car when the loan holder foreclosed, took the car, and left her with no transportation. She somehow managed to find a less expensive vehicle “through the grace of God”, and seemed to be in a better position. But she has now become the caretaker for yet another grandchild—this one disabled—and the money pressure is back.
- A father who is raising four children as a single parent has struggled for many years to make ends meet. He is proud to say that his two oldest sons, who are on the honor roll at their high school, have won football scholarships to two North Carolina universities. His two youngest daughters are also doing well in school. 2022 would have seen the family’s fortunes turning around had it not been for the father’s brain tumor diagnosis earlier this year. Now, he wonders how the future will unfold for himself and his children.
Your contributions will make an enormous difference in the lives of our St. Luke’s Families. The funds you donate will help furnish clothing, toys, food and household items—and a lot of joy—during the holiday season. Families will receive presents or 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 14.
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.
LEAP students are all highly motivated learners, whose families sometimes need some extra support, especially with seasonal expenses encountered in life in the US.
You can make a donation towards Christmas gift cards or presents for the LEAP families through December 14.
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. This year St. Luke’s aims to provide a $25 Food Lion gift card to each veteran as part of Share Your Christmas. If funds and gift cards are contributed in excess of the goal, the excess 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 through December 14.
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.
You can make a contribution towards wish list items through December 11.
Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS)
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 thousands of stray, surrendered, abandoned, abused and neglected animals each year.
You can make a contribution to Christmas gifts for APS animals through December 14.