Christmas Families Project
The first of November is “launch day” for the Newcomers Christmas Families Project. Our program’s philosophy is a “helping hand up,” not a “hand out” for those families who find they do not have money for their children’s Christmas gifts. Estimating the auction donation plus the club contributions, we are able to project the number of children and families to include in our 2017 program. The numbers are adjusted when the actual auction income is known. In 2017, we will again support Helping Hands Nurturing Center, Friendship Club and Women of Worth.
Each family is agency-screened to meet our objectives, and each family is reviewed by the Committee Co-Chairs, the Spreadsheet and Budget Control Co-Chairs, and subsequently by the Committee of Shoppers and Wrappers. Specially donated items are added, and every attempt is made to provide each child a memorable Christmas.
The Newcomers Christmas Families Project is one of the largest Nevada County Christmas programs in support of children. In this personalized program, as “Christmas Angels,” our aim is to provide each child at least one item from his or her “List to Santa.”
Note: We are always in need of Shoppers and Wrappers. If you can volunteer, please contact The Shoppers Chair and the Wrappers Chairs. Their information can be found in your Newsletter.
We can use donations of extra boxes for 2017 wrapping. Please save those Christmas boxes, bags and tissue paper for 2018; we have ample wrapping paper.
These donations save us money that goes toward children’s Christmas presents.
If you have updated your tablet, iPad or laptop, donate your old one now, and Quietech Associates, Grass Valley, will erase and update it for its new teenaged owner. Please contact the Christmas Families Chairs. Their information can be found in your Newsletter.
A Few Stories from Christmas Families Project by Rosalie, CFP Chair
Three-year old Trinity, of our 2017 Fashion Show, fell in love with the special pink bike used for a prop. Her old used bike is not moving well, so I would not be surprised if the Newcomers Angels might find one for mom to put under the tree this year.
Newcomers Club has just received a special “thank you” present from the mother of one of our 2016 Christmas families. A victim of domestic violence, she is now employed and managing her hours so she can care for her children. Some lucky person will receive her donated basket at the December Newcomers Club Christmas Program.
One of our families, who gave us the homemade pickled garden vegetables we auctioned off last year, is now self-sufficient and no longer needs a special “Christmas Angel.”
NOTE: Shona from Helping Hands Nurturing Center is inviting all Newcomers members to attend its Open House on November 15 from 4-6 pm. The Center is located at 248 Mill Street, Grass Valley. Shona would like to thank all the Newcomers for their support.
October Live Auction Review
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of you who contributed to this year’s Live Auction: our Auction donors, the Newcomers greeters, runners and spotters, and you, our bidders. We would especially like to express our appreciation to our enthusiastic Auctioneer, John Renwick, owner of RE/MAX Performance, who made this event both entertaining and profitable.
This year the Live Auction grossed $7,460, which supports our 2017 Christmas Families Project.
We would also like to extend our thanks to the generous businesses and members of our community who selflessly donated to our Live Auction.
We thank the following Local Businesses and all the Individual Donors.
Alta Sierra Country Club
Atlantis Resort Casino Spa
Blu Sky Window Washing
Casa Las Katarinas
Community Asian Theater of the Sierra
Dale’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Grass Valley Florist
Music in the Mountains
New Moon Café
Reel Anglers Fly Shop
Sierra Master Chorale Quartet
Sierra Stages Community Theater
Sierra Starr Vineyard
Soroptimist Int’l of the Sierra Foothills
Tess’ Kitchen Store
The Flying Broom, Inc.
The Olive Groove
Tim the Tree Man
October Silent Auction Review
Our 2017 Silent Auction was a huge success, generating over $1100 in funds…you ladies ROCK! Our thanks go to every team member who has volunteered in the last 10 years, along with all our members and guests who have participated in the Silent Auction. The new team that will be taking over helped immensely this year; their enthusiasm, energy and ideas were fantastic! Everyone attending has provided support, encouragement and enthusiasm over the years. It has been a blessing for us to help our organization and our community. It’s been an honor and a privilege!
Christmas Families Monthly Goodie Bag Project
Our Christmas Goodie Bags are a little something extra we provide for the moms and dads of the children enrolled in our Christmas Families Project.
There will be a box in the foyer at our luncheons for any items you would like to donate to help the parents of our children.
This time of year you may find gloves and hats on sale. Sox and slipper sox are always appreciated. As usual we need cosmetic bags for women and toiletry bags for men.
Whatever you give will be sure to bring joy to these families who are working so hard to provide a better life for their children. Thanks for your generosity.
The luncheon raffles are an important part of the Newcomers Club budget. They support all of our activities. There are four to five prizes raffled at each luncheon. Tickets are $1 each, or $5 for six tickets, or $10 for fifteen.