St. Nicholas’ feast day on December 6th, celebrates the life and legacy of this 4th-century bishop who was known for his kindness and generosity to the poor and children. We just became aware of some urgent needs at Tampa Hope. A Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter who currently houses and feeds 125 men and women at the lowest time of their life. Many of us have things lying around our houses that could make a difference to someone who has nothing. This weekend, if you have time, please see if you have any of the items listed below that you would be willing to share with those in need. You and/or your child can bring them to school between now and Wednesday the 6th.
From now until December 6, we are collecting gently used/new:
- Blankets. It gets cold in the tents and blankets help tremendously!
- Towels: wash clothes, hand towels, bath towels. They are currently bathing in port-a-baths because their bath facilities have not yet been built.
- Sheet sets: Their mattresses are twin but they will take any size. With the cold temperatures outside, it helps to have sheets on the mattresses that they sleep on.
- Shoes: any size walking shoes. Comfortable and supportive footwear is crucial in allowing the residents to safely and confidently navigate their surroundings. Many residents walk/bike/take the bus to work every day.
- Christmas decorations: festive decorations will bring the spirit of Christmas to the shelter, creating a cheerful atmosphere. Anything that when you unpacked your boxes this year you realized that you are not going to use.
- Donations can be sent in with your child or placed on the table outside the office. Let’s make this St. Nicholas Day a truly special occasion by extending a helping hand to those in need. Thank you for your generosity and kindness! Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others this Christmas season.