Collect to Connect This Christmas
Are you looking for a way to connect with someone less fortunate than you; to connect with the at-risk foster youth and troubled familes we serve? A Good Shepherd Collect to Connect project might be just the "give-of-yourself" act of charity you're looking for. Collect to Connect is an extension of our mission to connect children with families and to keep families connected.
It started when the American Heritage Girls chapter at St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville reached out to Good Shepherd looking for a way to help. The service focus of American Heritage Girls is for foster kids and Good Shepherd helps more than 490 foster youth in the St. Louis region every year. Many youth organizations, schools and youth church groups want to give some kind of service work for Good Shepherd's young clients, but cannot interact directly with them due to confidentiality rules. Our direct service volunteers must be at least 21-years old.
Good Shepherd wants the young people of our area to be aware of the challenges that foster youth face and to grow into philanthropically responsible adults who help our community. So, the American Heritage Girls collected care kits during Lent as a way to connect with young people just like them, but without the resources of parents, homes and other basic need items. Their gifts were presented to Good Shepherd after Easter and are distributed to our foster youth throughout the year as needed.
Inspired by these young ladies we are re-naming our annual Christmas collection for our Good Shepherd kids and families the Christmas Collect to Connect. You (individuals, couples, families, youth groups, school and high school classes, college organizations, churches, businesses) can collect Christmas presents for a foster child or a foster family or for a lot of young people in need with a Christmas Giving Tree. You don't have to be a young person to participate. If you're a grown-up, you qualify!
Here's the connection. We have always been moved by the original Christmas Story and have a special connection in our hearts for Jesus, Mary and Joseph - the poor family with nowhere to shelter. We know them and they know us by the acts of charity we do for others. So it is with our Good Shepherd families and yours. They know you by your generosity and you know them by their need.
Please join the Good Shepherd Collect to Connect project. Call (314) 854-5702 for a Wish List from a foster youth or a foster family or click here for a Christmas Giving Tree Wish List and let us know that your group is collecting for Good Shepherd. Thank you and blessings throughout the holiday season.
By the way, throughout the year our clients can always make good use of diapers and wipes, school supplies, personal hygiene items and gift cards. These all make great Collect to Connect projects.
Thank you and blessings throughout the holiday season!
Your gift of time and talent helps Good Shepherd's limited resources go a lot further in serving our young clients and their families. There is a lot you can do to help if you meet some basic qualifications. Maybe it's time to raise your hand to answer the call. Check these volunteer opportunities out by clicking on the orange volunteer job title.
Event Planners: We need a small team of creative people to help us plan 6 events throughout the year.
Babysitters: We need a dependable team of qualified people to watch over and care for the babies of our young moms.
Sprucer Uppers: We need two or three teams of 3-4 dusters, sweepers and polishers to help us keep the historic home where we work looking like it was built yesterday.
Interior Display Designers: We need a team of 4-6 people with a creative flair to work on a project that recognizes our supporters and captures our history.
Odd Jobbers: We need a few teams of 3-4 handy craftspersons to lend a hand to our facility maintenance crew by doing some odd jobs around our house.
Website and Social Media Reporters: We need a few sharp people who know their way around a website and can play a keyboard like a piano to help us get our message out in a way that sings.
Welcome Assistant: We need a couple of cheerful and helpful persons who can answer the phone and welcome visitors to spell our administrative support team for a little while.
Younger than 21 but still want to help? Check out our Collect to Connect opportunities. It's a great way to connect with the challenges our residential and foster youth, teen moms and their babies, expectant parents facing a crisis pregnancy, and foster and adoptive parents struggle with every day.
Mike Whelan, Development Director
Good Shepherd Children & Family Services
1340 Partridge Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130