Monday, December 8, 2008

Children at Sojourn House need your generousity

Today I visited the Sojourn House and talked with its coordinator, Susan Kahn. Sojourn House is an old Victorian home on Union Street in Schenectady that serves as a temporary residence for homeless women and their children. You can read more about it here.

FUSS RE is collecting gifts to fill Christmas stocking for all the children and small gifts for the mothers.

Susan is thrilled that we are bringing gifts for the children who are living there. This is a transient group that changes often and so they have a hard time connecting with specific organizations to get gifts. They are families headed by single mom's trying hard to get permanent housing.

Right now the majority of children are ages 5-7. There are two boys, ages 10 &11.

I asked Susan for some suggestions about gifts. Her first response was arts and crafts supplies. She said most children don't even have a box of crayons. Rescue Heroes, Spiderman, Legos and dolls are also popular items.

Moms can use socks and gift cards to Price Chopper or Target

Please consider bringing in an item to contribute. We are collecting the items this Sunday, December 21st. Look for the Sojourn House banner that our third and fourth grade Spirit Play class made hanging in the back of the Great Hall.

After the service we will wrap the gifts or put them in the stockings. We'll bring the gifts to Sojourn House Monday, December 22nd.