You Too, Can Make a Difference in a Child's Christmas
Neighbors Newspaper, Dec. 2009 page 41 (Reprinted here)
Community Outreach Ministry (COM) of Wildomar is a 501 C 3 nonprofit charity who is partnering with Angel Tree®, Prison Fellowship, Gem of the Valley Church and many local contributors to ring in the reason for the season. Together we are making it easier to reach 200 hard to reach at-risk kids in Southwest, California. The eighth annual Christmas Party celebration is planned for Noon on Sunday, December 13, 2009, at the Trevi Entertainment Center located at 32250 Mission Trail in Lake Elsinore. Thank you to the Elks Lodge #2591 for donating the facility for this wonderful event.
Every Christmas, Community Outreach Ministry helps imprisoned moms and dads connect with their children by giving gifts to the kids on behalf of their incarcerated parents! Each gift comes with a personal message from mom or dad. This Christmas, Community Outreach Ministry hopes to reach about 200 local disadvantaged youngsters with gifts. In most cases, these children will be served by sponsors who will make a personal connection through our Christmas party or a home visit. Each year children who live in areas where no sponsor hosts a party or delivers a gift is left wondering if mom or dad remembered them this Christmas. Community Outreach Ministry doesn’t want them to miss out on receiving Christmas gifts from their parent. Starting now, you can call 951.698.7650 or go on-line at http://www.active.com/donate/comoutreachministry and sponsor a prisoner’s child in your local community. Your donation will ensure that gift is given, along with a personal message from the incarcerated parent.
WILDOMAR — Community Outreach Ministry will be hosting its eight annual Angel Tree Party from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 13, at Elks Lodge No. 2591.
“Children should not have to pay for the crimes their mom or dad did to be sent to prison,” said Mona Davies, co-founder of the organization. “But they do! These kids pay for it with loneliness, insecurity, isolation, and rejection.”
This year the ministry will adopt more than 200 youngsters to participate in the party.
Sponsors are being sought for drop-off sites where people can come and select Angel Tree tags, buy and wrap gifts between $15 and $20 each, tape the tag on the outside of the wrapped gift and return the gifts to the site by Dec. 10.
Volunteers are also needed to set up, tear down, pass out gifts and serve food and refreshments. High school students and seniors are invited to do face painting and engage the children in crafts and games.