It’s time to get ready for another Awesome Christmas at CACH

 

BVSW Volunteers

The tough guys from the BVSW wrestling team show up to help Santa out

 

It’s that time again and we find ourselves getting ready for another Christmas at the Central Avenue Center of Hope (CACH).  It seems like this little project grows and grows every year. Last year, the kids at Morse Elementary in Overland Park collected gently used toys for the CACH Christmas Store.  The store provides clients with a source of Christmas gifts at no charge.  The hope is that every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or neighbor can pick out presents for the children in their lives.  After all, it is the season of giving and for some, their only wish is to be able to give a present.

In addition to Morse Elementary, the kiddos and staff at Aubry Bend Middle School in Overland Park put together personal care packages for the teens.  These personal care packages included toiletries and personal care items.  The packages where handed out on Christmas day.  The packages were personalized and decorated by the students.  Way to go Aubry Bend Wolverines!

The highlight of last years event was the addition of the Blue Valley Southwest High School wrestling team.  The team volunteered to help set up and staff the Christmas store.  Lead by head coach Cody Parks, the grapplers came with open hearts to help in any way they could.  Some stocked the gifts, some checked in the clients, some assisted shoppers, while others helped wrap them up.  It was a great success.  These tough guys left with smiles and a desire to help out again this year.

So we are now ready to do it all again with the help of Morse Elementary, Aubry Bend Middle School, and Blue Valley Southwest wrestlers.  Every year we are blessed with the experience of sharing Christmas and the message of Christ to everyone who visits the Central Avenue Center of Hope.

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Santa and Colin and little bro

Santa and Colin and little bro

 

On December 24th, 2010, the day of Christmas Eve, Colin and his helpers (Confirmation Candidates) from Prince of Peace and their parents, delivered the gifts to the Central Avenue Center of Hope.  The kids set up the tables with all the gifts and then served lunch to about 60 folks.

On Christmas Day, Colin and his family went to the center to hand out all the gifts.  There were a LOT of families and kiddos that showed up.  The word has got out, Colin is bringing gifts.  The center served well over 300 people on Christmas and there were lots of smiles.

Pleasant Ridge 8th Graders Volunteer

There was a lot to do after the PRMS Choir collected donations for Colin’s Christmas Project.  This week, Colin and several 8th grade volunteers put together the gift packages for the teens that will show up at the center for Christmas.  The items collected were organized by gender and type.  Then the kids began putting the packages together.

The kids had a lot of fun and are excited to visit the center this week to help serve lunch.

Meanwhile, some of the moms helped wrap up the remaining gifts that the kids had bought last week for the toddlers, kids and preteens.  Way to go everyone!

Pleasant Ridge Middle School Choir Collects Donations

On Thursday, December 16th, the Pleasant Ridge Middle School’s 7th and 8th grade choir held their Holiday Concert at Pleasant Ridge Middle School.  The choir collected gifts and donations for teens from the audience and those items will be wrapped and delivered to the Central Avenue Center of Hope for Christmas.

A special thanks to Choir Director Mrs. James for organizing the collection.