Birthday Party for Jesus.
The Birthday Party for Jesus is probably City Mission’s oldest tradition, going back to the mid 1950's. This event is the Mission's largest outreach to the community. Its purpose has always been to give children from local low-income families a special party. The invitation is published in the Courier and flyers are sent to all of the local agencies assisting those in need.
Santa Claus is nowhere in evidence at this party since this is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. Donors and the Mission's Board of Trustees provide party favors, juice, cake, ice cream, a treat bag of candy and fruit, and special entertainment. Church groups and clubs donate hats, gloves, and toys. One church wraps many of the gifts as part of their Advent celebration. The rest are wrapped by volunteers. Adults receive hats, gloves, scarves, and treat bags. Each family is given a blanket.
St. Andrew’s Youth set up for the party and do last minute gift wrapping. Board members supervise the various gift tables, take pictures, provide background music, and fill in wherever needed. Parkview Youth also assist during the party and clean up afterward.
In recent years attendance at the Birthday Party for Jesus ranged around 60 to 90 children and 30 to 40 adults. However, since the recession, attendance has been increasing annually. Our record year was 2010 with 132 children and 112 adults attended. The Mission and its donors continue to meet the challenge of providing multiple gifts for all.
Annual Community Appreciation Picnic.
During the summer the Mission provides community picnics for low income families. The picnics feature a cook-out, door prizes for the adults, and toys for the children.
A full Thanksgiving dinner is provided at noon and evening each year for Residents, their families, Drop-Ins, and members of the community who are in need of a place to come. This holiday meal is advertised in the Courier and other agencies are notified. This is another opportunity for community members to volunteer to help with food preparation, serve at one of the meals, or help with clean up. The Mission also transports clients to other public holiday meals offered in the community.
Christmas Dinner and Gifts for Residents: A special Christmas dinner is provided the evening of December 23 for Residents following chapel. After the meal the Residents return to their rooms to receive Christmas gifts provided by the Mission's donors.
Christmas Dinner and Gifts for Drop-In's: When the Drop-Ins come to chapel on December 23, they are asked to fill out a form with individual size information. Families provide information for each member who is present. While the Drop-Ins attend chapel and a special Christmas dinner, volunteers sort out and bag gifts for each individual. Usually the gifts include a cap, gloves, socks, and a flannel shirt, sweatshirt, or coat for adults.Children receive similar gifts and age-appropriate toys. After the Drop-Ins have eaten, they return to the chapel and are given their bags of gifts to take home.
Holiday food baskets as well as hygiene packs are also available at Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
An evening meal is provided on Christmas Day but turn-out is traditionally small. However, enough food is provided so that anyone else who comes will not be turned away.
Sheltering the homeless since 1934.
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The City Mission of Findlay is a proud member of the following organizations:
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce, and The Better Business Bureau
*The pictures and names of the homeless, unless specifically noted, are not of local homeless people.
This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.