Gifts for the Forgotten

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For the last several Decembers, in partnership with Grace Klein Community, individuals and local businesses have loved on many Birmingham residents that are no longer forgotten over the Christmas season. Retirement home residents, families and small groups help wrap gifts for Grace Klein Community Christmas projects.

When we consider gift giving and how the community should spend their giving dollars, our hearts break for people who are typically forgotten. What if we focus on them!?

Volunteers deliver much needed groceries to over 200 local families every month opening the door to intentional Jesus conversation, encouragement and prayer.  We serve families to build relationships.

Did you know, over half of these families have children and children like to feel special on Christmas?!

Can your business get involved this year?

Fun donation ideas for kids:

  • Journals
  • Educational games
  • Warm Socks (all different sizes)
  • Jackets
  • Hats (Beanies, Toboggans, etc)
  • New Underwear (all sizes)
  • Jewelry for older girls
  • Games for all ages
  • Bibles
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Books
  • Legos
  • Makeup
  • Purses
  • Hot wheels
  • Chapstick
  • Nail Polish
  • Sudoko workbooks
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Stationary
  • Candles
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Footballs/basketballs/soccer balls

*think all kids, all ages. Sometimes people don’t think about big kids (ages 12-18)

AND….families need food and hygiene products for Christmas! Not only staple food, but what if we could also give treats that they cannot afford to buy every month?

Staple Foods

  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Cereal/Oatmeal
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Meats

Hygiene Products

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Toilet Paper
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Products
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lotions

Special Treats

  • Flavored coffee
  • Cake mixes
  • Chocolate
  • Pancake mixes and syrup
  • Chips – all different flavors
  • Popcorn
  • Juices
  • Candy/Cookies
  • Spices
  • Baking items
  • Applesauce
  • Crackers
  • Snack Bars

*Think outside the box

How are we going to wrap the items?

Donate:

  • Gift bags
  • Bows
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Wrapping paper

Yea, that’s a long list and we need your help. Let’s overwhelm them with love! Find the deals and drop your unwrapped gifts to one of the following locations:

  • Grace Klein Community: 2652 Old Rocky Ridge Rd, Hoover, AL 35216 (All items) 
  • CIS Home Loans: 4256 Cahaba Heights Ct, Birmingham Alabama 35243 (Toys)
  • Precision Chiropractic: 102 Bowling Ln, Pelham, AL 35124 (Food)
  • Interlinc Mortgage Services: 10 Inverness Center Pl #350, Bham, AL 35242 (Warm Clothing)
  • Common Bond Title: 300 Office Park Dr, Mountain Brook, AL 35223 (Toys)
  • Penn Mutual: 1 Perimeter Park S #100s, Birmingham, AL 35243 (Toys)
  • Otey’s Tavern: 224 Country Club Park, Birmingham, AL 35213 (Warm Clothing)
  • Christian Brothers Automotive: 1800 Southpark Drive, Bham, AL 35244 (Warm Clothing)
  • The Garage in Pelham: 2174 Pelham Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124 (Toys)
  • Supreme Lending: 3800 Colonnade Pkwy, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35243
  • Skyzone Hoover: 1650 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 210, Hoover, AL 35216 (Food)
  • Heavenly Donuts: 4911 Cahaba River Road #105, Birmingham, AL 35243 (Warm Clothing)
  • Merrill Lynch: 569 Brookwood Village, Birmingham, AL 35209 (Warm Clothing)
  • Rocky Heights Print and Binding: 222 6th Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35211 (Food)
  • Home Care Assistance of Birmingham: 5291 Valleydale Road, Suite 123, Bham, AL 35242 (Toys)
  • State Farm: 117 Southcrest Drive, Suite 100, Homewood, AL 35209 (Toys)
  • Sheepdog Firearms: 5900 Deerfoot Pkwy, Trussville, AL 35173

Our office number is 205.390.2211 if you need us for directions or questions. Consider hosting a drive at your office or stopping by one of our drop off locations with a gift to love on a family this Christmas.

Time flies and the wrapping party will be here before we know it. Please drop off your donations by December 8, if at all possible.  But yes, we will take items at our offices until December 22.

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Gifts for the Forgotten

For the last several Decembers, individuals, local businesses, and retirement home residents have wrapped gifts for Grace Klein Community Christmas projects. Can your business get involved this year?

How are we going to wrap the items?
Donate:

  • Gift bags
  • Bows
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Wrapping paper

When we consider gift giving and how the community should spend their giving dollars, we thought about people that are forgotten. What if we focus on them!?

Did you know most HIV/AIDS patients are totally rejected by humanity? Maybe they are modern day lepers and that breaks our hearts because it has to break Jesus’ heart. Remember he healed the lepers. We like to honor and bless the ones who are battling this tough illness. The director of one of the clinics explained how many sell everything they have to be able to afford the medicine they need to stay alive. Often this leaves them without basic necessities. Couldn’t we do something?

Donate for HIV/AIDS patients:
blankets

  • Blankets
  • Socks
  • New underwear (adult sizes)
  • Lotions
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Feminine products
  • Shampoo
  • Chapstick

For fun:

  • Sudoko workbooks
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Stationary
  • Candles

Let’s overwhelm them with love!

What about the sanitation workers? Did you know that it takes hundreds of people to handle all the trash that is produced in Jefferson and Shelby counties. Do we know the names of our garbage movers? Trash stinks and is gross and they deal with ours every week. Why not bless some sanitation workers.


hat-glove-scarfDonate for sanitation workers:

  • Toboggans
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Bibles
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen (summer is coming)
  • Healthy snacks
  • Warm socks
  • Chapstick

For fun:

  • Treats for their family
  • Candles
  • Gift cards to restaurants, gas stations and experience places (miniature golf, movies, etc)
  • Wholesome books

And our food distribution kids. Maybe you deliver a route and maybe you have no idea what we are talking about. Every month over 200 families receive food through our food ministry. We serve the families to build relationships. The food is secondary, though many of them really need it and it’s a huge help! Anyway, a lot of these families have kids and kids like to feel special on Christmas.

christmas-gifts-for-kids-2Here’s to fun donations for kids:

  • Journals
  • Educational games
  • Crazy fun socks (all different sizes)
  • Jewelry for older girls
  • Games for all ages
  • Bibles
  • Toboggans
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Books
  • Legos
  • Makeup
  • Purses
  • Hot wheels

*think all kids, all ages. Sometimes people don’t think about big kids (ages 12-18)

Yea, that’s a long list and we need your help. Find the deals and drop your unwrapped gifts to the Grace Klein Community office. If we aren’t around, leave on the front porch and they will be safe.

Grace Klein Community
2652 Old Rocky Ridge Rd
Hoover, AL 35216

Our office number is 205.390.2211 if you need us for directions or questions.

Oh yea, we need all this as soon as possible. Time flies and the wrapping party will be here before we know it. Try to have to us by December 9. But yes, we will take items until December 24.

And if you know families who would never ask for help, but could use some extra love this Christmas, please send an email to natalie@gracekleincommunity.com. We often get lots at the last minute and we need a list on hand. Families that can wait until the last minute may be surprised at the bounty.

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