Ho, Ho, Hope for the Holidays Ho-Ho-Hope for the Holidays

The Open Shelter is proud, for the tenth year, to host “Ho Ho Hope for the Holidays”. Each Holiday Season, we, with YOUR help, try to make things brighter for the homeless and marginally housed that we serve. YOU can help! We need donations of hygiene items, candy, snacks, sealable plastic bags, toys, sporting goods, educational toys, batteries, gift wrap, tags, tape and even gift cards from fast food restaurants and retailers such as Target, Kroger and CVS Need more info? Want to help? Please call us at 614-222-2885.


SocksChristmas Sock Drive for Manna Café Guests

Sunday, November 29-Sunday, December 20

Christmas is coming!  And in Ohio, the Christmas and winter season means cold, snowy, wet weather.  Feet get cold, feet get wet, and many of our Manna Café guests need help keeping their feet warm and dry.

You can help provide a gift of new, warm, clean socks for our Manna Café guests this Christmas.  During the Advent season, the Outreach Committee will be collecting socks to be given on Wednesday, December 23 to our Manna Café guests.  A chest in the narthex will be available during Advent to receive the new, warm socks that you give as Christmas gifts .

We are hoping to collect 400 pairs of socks during the Advent season, so that each of our Manna Café guests will receive a gift of two pairs of new socks.  We are looking for new socks – all sizes – most for men, but we need women’s and children’s socks, too.  The socks should be heavier weight, warm socks to help keep feet protected from the winter.  We do not need dress socks.  We exceeded our goal last year, and we know we can do it again this year!

As you prepare your Christmas shopping list, consider adding a couple of pairs of socks to that list; participate in a simple yet powerful ministry of donating pairs and packages of socks to provide a resource to many in need!  If you have any questions, please contact Chris Clough at chris.clough@cigna.com.


Bethlehem on Broad StreetBOBS

Saturday, December 12

8:30 am-4:30 pm

Broad St. UMC annually serves as a host to a multi-congregational provision of Christmas food baskets to over 1,000 families. Guests are treated to a day of face painting, visits with Santa, and other fun activities in addition to receiving their baskets.

Families interested in receiving a food basket must contact HandsOn Central Ohio by dialing 2-1-1 beginning on  December 8 from any phone with a (614) area code, or 614-221-2255 if your cell phone provider has not yet updated to make 2-1-1 phone calls.  Call early!

If you are interested in volunteering for Bethlehem on Broad, please contact Rob Hazlett at tywoodfan@hotmail.com.