Every year we hear one of the most widely known and, depending on the day or the version, possibly most annoying song of the Christmas season. At first, it’s fun. But by the time we hit the eight maids-a-milking we’ve generally had enough of the song and it’s constant reminder that our memory isn’t what it used to be.
No matter how bad our memory gets, the first time it comes on for the season it’s a fun challenge to try to remember each of the gifts throughout the twelve days.
But those gifts… what an interesting, yet thoughtful, series of presents they were. Nine ladies dancing. Seven swans swimming. And how about those five golden rings??
As we were singing through the song a thought came to our festive mind… how about a 12 days of Christmas list of our own? Now, the six geese-a-laying is a fine gift but not necessarily something that we can use on the regular. So we drafted a list of twelve various things that we could definitely use at The Hope Center. And these are things that we can use year round, not just the twelve days before or after Christmas.
So as you’re checking off items from your Christmas list, maybe grab one or two off of ours. This list is small and simple but incredibly necessary and a huge relief for us to get in donations due to the large amount that we use throughout the year.
So, without any further adieu, we give to you our Twelve Gifts of Christmas (the holiday tune is optional):
- On the first day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us bottles of pain relievers (Advil or Tylenol type)
- On the second day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us non-drowsy cold meds
- On the third day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us coffee and creamer
- On the fourth day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us travel-size men’s shampoo
- On the fifth day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us jars of peanut butter*
- On the sixth day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us brand new pillows
- On the seventh day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us spaghetti and sauce
- On the eighth day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us fast food gift cards**
- On the ninth day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us candy bars
- On the tenth day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us liquid laundry detergent (and/or dryer sheets)
- On the eleventh day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us travel-size men’s deodorant
- On the twelfth day of Christmas our neighbors gave to us spray disinfectant (Lysol or similar brands)
*14 – 16 ounce jars of any brand peanut butter for our food bags
**The fast food gift cards from places like McDonald’s & Roy Rogers are used in the monthly birthday gifts given to the men who are residents and enrolled in our Foundations Life Recovery (13 month rehabilitation) program
Ok so our lyrics might not be as catchy or easy to sing to but these twelve items are a vital part of the programs and services we offer and by donating them you help us keep our costs down so that we can continue to provide shelter and all of our services free for anyone in the community who needs help. From food used for community meals and food bags, to birthday gifts for our residents like the fast food cards and candy bars, to toiletries for our homeless/transient guests, and detergent to wash all the bedding, towels and other fabrics, these everyday items can quickly put a dent in our budget for the entire operating year. But year after year God has provided and allowed us to increase services to helping hundreds of men, women, and children in our area because of faithful and generous people like yourself. And we’ve done it all since 1955 without burdening the taxpayer. Everything we do is without the assistance of tax dollars so each life that has been helped was done so out of pure love and generosity. And we thank you for providing, even if it’s just a jar of peanut butter, to help us continue to fight hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness in Hagerstown.
If you would like to donate items or funds to The Hope Center then please call 301.739.1165 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for giving, caring, and sharing this Christmas season. We hope God blesses you and your family this Christmas and in the new year to come!