Yes, Virginia, there is Christmas at the Rescue Mission. We try to make the holidays as festive as possible for the people who, for now, are calling the Mission “home.” Homelessness should not mean that Christmas joy is beyond reach.
Each year, we hold what we have called “Winter Wonderland.” This is an opportunity for our guests to give gifts, not to get. Most of the residents at the Mission have no source of income, yet they desire to experience the blessing of giving that the holiday brings. Winter Wonderland allows our residents to “shop” from a warehouse supplied with donated gifts. In this way, they can give Christmas gifts to their families while realizing the truth of the words of Jesus who said “It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
Winter Wonderland is made possible by the generous donations of caring people who have already experienced the blessedness of giving.