COTTONWOOD -- The Old Town Mission's Annual Christmas events begin with the distribution of Holiday Hams donated by Sal DiGiovanni to families in need along with donated toys given to each child in attendance at the Old Town Mission, 116 E. Pinal St. in Old Town Cottonwood from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Dec. 19.
A free holiday dinner will be served on Christmas Eve, Thursday Dec. 24. from noon to 2 p.m. A variety of activities will take place during this wonderful celebration, including: Holiday Music and Traditional Christmas Dinner. "These events allow us to love on our clients in a wonderful way," shares Bryan Detwiler, chief executive officer.
Families must register in advance to receive a holiday ham. Sign up at the Old Town Mission through Dec.17 . For information call 634-7869.
New toy and gift donations under $20 are needed and will be collected during the month of December up through Thursday, Dec. 16, and will be distributed to local children on Saturday Dec. 19.
Unwrapped, new toy donations may be dropped off at the Mission; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "New" toys are needed for boys and girls in a variety of age categories including: infants 0-2; toddlers 2-3 years; pre-school 3-5; elementary school ages 5-7; and 8-11 and middle school ages 12-14 years.
"We have found a greater need for gifts for those ages 0-2 and for the older children of 8-14." explains Carrie Lightfoot, Operations Director. If you or your business, organization or club would like to participate or host a toy drive, please contact Carrie Lightfoot at the Old Town Mission for further information.
"This event has become a very special tradition. Our clients, volunteers, donors and the entire community come together to share in the joy of Christmas together. One can really see the true meaning of Christmas, says Detwiler.
There are many different volunteer opportunities with this event and its festivities. Anyone interested in volunteering at this event is encouraged to call and sign up."
We are planning for a large crowd this year and look forward to creating a very special day for everyone" says Carrie. This event brings out the best in all of us and is a wonderful way to see our community doing what it does best, caring for one another," she continues.
In addition to holiday programs, the Old Town Mission provides a number of ongoing services throughout the year, including: a Day Resource Center (offering bulk food, clothing, hygiene supplies, job postings, bi-monthly showers, haircuts and a daily lunch meal M-F; the Mission Vision Clinic, Legal Clinics (bi-weekly in Sedona and Cottonwood, offering consultation on a variety of legal matters); and the Mission Back to School Program (offering support to low-income students) in area public schools.
The Old Town Mission is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which has been serving our communities since 1989. It accepts no government funding and relies solely on donations of individuals and businesses. It is a designated charitable organization for the Arizona State "Charitable Tax Credit" due to its service to the "working poor" of our state. This Tax Credit is a dollar for dollar credit and is available even if one takes the School Credit.
Donations must be received by Dec. 31, 2009, and allows the donor to decide exactly where to spend their tax dollars. The Mission is located at 116 E. Pinal Street, in Old Town Cottonwood.
634-7869 or visit the website www.oldtownmission.org.