Every year at Christmas, we look for opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those around us. This year, we want to find ways to tangibly serve our ministry partners in Aurora providing ways to demonstrate and share his love. We’d love for you to join us in this effort by giving toward the various drives we’re organizing, and/or signing up to serve with us. Please email if you are interesting in serving in any way. Below are the ways we’re going to Love Aurora this Christmas season.
Waterleaf Women's Center
Waterleaf Women’s Center provides free pregnancy services, education, and support in parenting to their clients. We want to assist with the outdoor Christmas decorating at the center and also to help with the assembly of the staff/volunteer appreciation gift bags. Please use the link below to register to help.
We’d also like to help supply Waterleaf with the following requested supplies. (Important Note: Please don’t donate anything that is not on this list as Waterleaf may not have a need or a place to store them).
- KN95 masks for our clinic staff and patients
- Non-latex gloves in size M and L
- Rubbing alcohol
- Anti-bacterial wipes
Gift Cards to the following places for families in Waterleaf’s Aspire Education and Resource Center as they reach goals, complete classes, and families that are facing hardship due to Covid-19. (Gift cards of $25 are the preferred denomination).
McCleery Elementary School
We have a great relationship with McCleery Elementary both partnering through service projects over the last couple of years, school and food drives, and mentoring kids through Kids Hope USA. We want to encourage the faculty of McCleery, and this year, they need that more than ever. We’ve already assembled a team to put together gifts of appreciation for their staff, so let’s pray that those gifts are a true encouragement!
We’d also like to help with the following needs that McCleery staff have identified that would be a blessing to kids and their families.
WINTER APPAREL DRIVE
Help the kids at McCleery stay warm during the winter months! We’ll be collecting new or gently used Winter Apparel (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snow boots, snow pants) for children ages 5-11. Snow pants and boots are often the most needed items. You can drop donations off at the church on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and on Sundays before or after service. We will be collecting winter apparel until Sunday, December 6th. If you order online, you can have items shipped directly to Christ Community Church, 40W098 Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506. Please mark your donation for McCleery Clothing Drive.
Kids are learning from home now more than ever, and we’d love to help instill the love of reading by getting 3 books into the hands of every McCleery student. We’ll be collecting new and gently used books appropriate for elementary-aged children (ages 5-11 years) and we'll need close to 1700 books! So whether you will be cleaning out your home library of books your family has outgrown or purchasing new/used books to donate, we hope you can help us meet our goal. Follow the link below to get book suggestions, how many of each we’d like to collect, and a place to sign-up to provide them. You can drop donations off at the church on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Sundays before or after service. If you order online, you can have books shipped directly to Christ Community Church, 40W098 Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506.
Nepali/Bhutanese Church Partnership
We have a great partnership with our friends here in Aurora from Nepal and Bhutan. As ministry partners, we’re so grateful to support what is happening in their church and our shared outreach to the community. This year, we’re hosting a Baptism for the church before Thanksgiving, as well as a Christmas service in December.
Additionally, we’d like to help families in the church, students in the youth group, and people in the community that we’re sharing the gospel with. We’re going to do this by helping with some Winter Apparel, similar to our efforts with McCleery. Please drop off coats, boots, hats, and gloves at the church on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays before or after church. If you order online, you can have them shipped directly to Christ Community Church, 40W098 Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506. Please mark your donation for N/P Clothing Drive.