St. Andrew’s Christmas Gift List
The Pause Table ~ Feeding hungry students during exams at Carleton
We team with Carleton Memorial United Church to provide a day time meal for Carleton University student while exams are being held. This is an activity we do twice a year during exams to support students in a small way when they may be short of funds or are not taking time to eat. Last spring we fed a little over 800 students but we have have up to 1200 students take part. This is sponsored by Men”s Fellowship but an activity for the whole congregation with lunch time food offerings or money to buy yogurt and fruit etc.
The Mitten Tree ~ Warming hands
Accepting Donations until December 15th
Advent Mitten Tree in Aid of The Mission and Bruce House: This is a chance to give to the homeless of The Mission and those suffering from HIV and AIDS through the Bruce House. Last year we collect some of the smaller mitts, scarves and toques for R. E. Wilson School and we will do the same this year. We will soon be collecting knitted toques, scarves, mitts and gloves, as well as toiletry items (small soaps, tooth paste, tooth brushes, small shampoo, wash cloths, small towels), so please start putting these items aside. The tree will appear immediately after the Christmas Bazaar in Grant Hall.
As a special request this year Bruce House has some special needs of used warm clothing and boots. These can be left with the Mitten Tree.
The Bruce House is a facility which was set up to assist men and women who are afflicted with the HIV and AIDS virus. One area of help consisted of providing a home for about a dozen of the worst cases in the Merivale area and administering it with a paid staff. Another program consisted of providing accommodation for other patients in rental housing throughout the city. However because of insufficient funding the Bruce house in the Merivale area has been closed.
However those persons who are in rental housing are in need of winter apparel, such as jackets, socks and mittens or gloves. There are about 20 to 25 persons needing this help . Unisex type apparel would be appropriate. These people can also use food if available.
Anyone wishing to contribute to this cause can call Rob Sheffield at 613- 730-4079 or Rod Parriag at 613-425-1425. We in the M&O committee would like to donate any items collected to the Bruce House by December 15th.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
White Gift Sunday ~ The gift of joy! A book to read for students at R.O. Wilson P.S.
Please bring your wrapped books and drop them in the box in either Narthex. If possible, please indicate if the book is for a pre-reader or an early reader or if it is a chapter book. We will welcome Todd Saunders to both services to tell us a bit about his amazing school.