Attention all Jr. & Sr. High School Students:
On September 25, 2015 come and join us as we gift some cool stuff for orphans in Ukraine, then Sumo till we drop.
We plan to fill and send 50 backpacks to other young people such as ourselves who are found in the 6 different orphanages that our parish supports in Ukraine. (could be as young as 2 years or as old as 17)
Imagine, this may be the only Christmas Present they receive this year may be this one from us. (Interesting fact: In this part of Europe they exchange gifts on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas day, not Christmas.)
The shopping for most of the stuff will be done ahead of time by volunteers with budgets. For example: Miss “X” with her parents may be sent off to find 50 bags of socks for $4 each or 50 boxes of pencils for $2 each. This will be all explained on September 11th at our first youth group meeting. If you and your family want to volunteer please be there. If you can’t make it, simply sign up in the atrium of the Church before the 11th. We have it in our budget to pay for the items, however if families or parishioners want to donate the items that would be awesome.
On the 25th, we will gather all the stuff together and start sorting and personalizing the gifts. They will be labeled for boys or girls and for different age groups. We can send letters or artwork with the gifts and (if you wish) you could even become pen pals with some of them. Once they are all filled, they will be loaded up and sent with other bags from across the province to Ukraine where they will be distributed to those most in need by Ukrainian Catholic Nuns (Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate).
If anyone wants to donate a filled bag already, we will take that too. Just see the guidelines and such below. Also, it costs about $7 per bag for shipping.
Then on the 25th, after we sort and load all the bags we get to have a great time SUMO WRESTLING with those big funny sumo suits. Food and snacks will also be provided. Hope to see you there. Bring a friend.
For any child receiving a gift at Christmas time is a joyous occasion. But for a child that never had a gift ever before: this is a gift from heaven. Collecting and packing shoe bags starts in September each year.
One way we can help from Canada is by sending love and packages through the help of St Nicholas. Our Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate organizing St Nicholas concerts for the children in villages around Ukraine where they deliver the presents sent through the Bridge of Hope. Last year, we started sending shoe bags, backpacks and purses filled with gifts instead of the boxes. The children loved the bags which are more useful than a box and can be used all year long.
Donate a filled shoe bag/backpack/purse with clothing items, small toys, stationary, crafts, personal effects and sweets along with a $7 donation to cover shipping costs.
Use an empty shoe bag/backpack/purse.
Please indicate whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Lightly tape the label to the top of your box.
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page. Please also reference the list of items not accepted. Popular gifts include sugar-free chewing gum, pencils, small toys.
Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. Or you can write a check to Bridge of Hope and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.
Contact Danielle Kowalchyk for drop-off inquiries at 780-952-3752
|Personal Care||Chapstick, toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap, comb, washcloth, hair combs, hair accessories, manicure sets, emery boards, band-aids.||Liquids, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, gels, hair gel, aerosol spray (hairspray), medications.|
|School Supplies||Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, stickers, .|
|Treats||Sugarless chewing gum, chocolates. All treats must be individually wrapped.||Mints, bulk candy, loose candy, unwrapped candy.|
|Clothing||Backpacks, socks, scarves, shawls, toques, mitts, hats, tshirts, new underwear, sweaters, pants, nylons, tights, shoes.|
|Toys||Rubiks cube, small toys, cars, dolls, stuffed animals, foam blocks, skipping rope,||Snowglobes, anything glass, books, playing cards, bubbles, sharp toys, broken toys or with missing parts, anything battery operated, toys that are war/violence related, knives.|
|Other||Anything with the Canadian Flag / maple leaf on it!||Heavy items as they unfortunately increase our shipping costs.|
Don’t have time to prepare a shoe bag? Just make a financial donation of $30 or more to cover the cost of gift preparation and shipping. We will send a shoe bag on your behalf. Donations can be made to Bridge of Hope via cash or cheque. Please send/arrange payment to:
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy
c/o Bridge of Hope Fund
Attn: Mrs. Luba Kowalchyk
Edmonton, AB T5H 1A3
The Sister Servants hand pick needy children from the areas they serve – these sponsored children will receive shoe bags, as well as children living in the orphanages that Bridge of Hope supports.
Children will receive their gifts in time for St. Nicholas (Sv. Nikolai). Gifts that do not make it in time for St. Nicholas will be delivered for Easter.
We need volunteers during the month of October to prepare boxes for delivery. For more information, check out our volunteer opportunities page. Also, consider rallying your church, community, workplace, family and friends to get more shoebags filled!
A donation of $7 or more helps us cover project expenses such as shipping the boxes. We prefer that these donations be made by cash or check. Unfortunately we are not currently set up to take online donations at this time.
Yes, you may write one check for them all and place it in any one of your boxes.