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An Updated Message from the Auxiliary President, Mrs. Sue Everhart

The Auxiliary is very busy now as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas!  We invite you to join us!

The Auxiliary is providing meal support for over 200 families served by the various programs of BCC.  The families are extremely appreciative of our assistance in providing a Thanksgiving meal again this year.  We appreciate all of the donations from the churches and individuals.  It is not too late to send a donation.  Please make your check payable to Board of Child Care and note “Auxiliary” in the memo line; mail to 3300 Gaither Road, Baltimore, MD 21244.  We thank you.

Volunteers are needed for the Christmas Store.  If you can help with the times listed on the “Get Involved – Christmas Store Volunteer and Donation Requests” page of the website, please let me know.  We need volunteers in both West Virginia (at the “Falling Waters” campus) and in Baltimore.  Please spread the word to others who might be interested.  This is a great opportunity for any volunteer to experience the joy of the Christmas Season.

We appreciate all that you do to support our beloved Auxiliary.  Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!

-Sue Everhart, Auxiliary President

Email:  everhartsuzanne@gmail.com or Phone:  (301) 514-8730

 

Update on the exciting future of our BCC Auxiliary

We have had several meetings with BCC staff and Auxiliary officers as well as interested members.  A number of changes are being implemented in order to help streamline the administrative responsibilities of the Auxiliary so that we can better support BCC programs which are expanding and experiencing transformation.  As we move forward together, BCC staff will help more with these administrative tasks (such as communication and gifts).  Because of these changes, the Auxiliary volunteers will be able to do what you do best – making life more awesome for BCC youth!  There will be fewer meetings (and less paperwork) and more opportunities to participate in “hands on” tasks to benefit children and youth and their families directly.

In the coming months, we look forward to sharing more about the outcomes of our great meetings.

A full presentation of how the Auxiliary is positioned to move forward will take place at the Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in how you can make a difference through the Auxiliary, please email Rev. Stacey   (snickerson@boardofchildcare.org) or Sue Everhart (everhartsuzanne@gmail.com).  Your input is welcome.

You are important to the success of BCC’s purpose:  “Enriching communities, one family at a time.”

 



Christmas Store 2017 SUCCESS!!

Each year at Christmas, the Board of Child Care Auxiliary sets up a Christmas Store for the children served by the Board of Child Care.   The store stocks new and like new merchandise so each child has an opportunity to select Christmas gifts for the important people in their life.  Even though the children may not live with their parents and siblings during the holiday, giving them Christmas gifts is very important to them.

We ask that you donate items that you would give as gifts to your own children or grandchildren. Click here for a full list of items.

Donations for the Christmas Stores can be dropped off at any of the three locations:  Baltimore, Martinsburg and Charlotte Hall.

 


Christmas Store Volunteer Opportunities

  • Donate Items to the Christmas Store (click the link for specific needs)
  • Volunteer to work at one of our two Christmas Stores
    • Set up store / inventory
    • Help the children shop
    • Help children wrap gifts / make gift baskets
    • Clean up / put away unsold items

 


A Message from Rev. Stacey Nickerson on the 2017 Christmas Red Stocking Campaign for Churches

Dear Auxiliary Key People,

Earlier this month, Bishop Easterling and Bishop Johnson sent letters announcing our Christmas Offering for this year. To follow up on her letter, I want to encourage you to speak with your pastor now about scheduling the Christmas Offering in your congregation. Please work with your pastor in order to plan and promote this special opportunity that takes place only once a year. If Christmas is not the best time of year for your congregation, feel free to use the materials at any time to receive donations for BCC. Some congregations celebrate Christmas in July or receive the offering at another time. Please follow-up with your pastor (s) so that materials can be ordered. We want to make sharing the opportunities of the Christmas Offering with your church members as easy as possible for you.

You can request red stockings, Christmas brochures or other BCC material by going online to www.boardofchildcare.org/christmas or by simply replying to this e-mail. If you choose to reply to the e-mail please provide the quantity of each item requested and the correct mailing address for where you would like the items to be sent. 

We also want to help you explain the purpose of the Christmas Offering so we have provided you a sample church bulletin announcement and links to easily download the BCC logo as well as other promotional materials. All of these documents can be found at www.boardofchildcare.org/templates. You can request any items by e-mailing communications@boardofchildcare.org or by calling our Office at 410-922-2100 x5610.

We are honored that for over 140 years the United Methodist Church has helped us promote donations to the children and families with the Board of Child Care. It is important that all of our donors know that all the money collected from the Christmas Offering goes directly to benefit our young people and their families.  First, we fund individualized presents for each child directly from his or her personal wish list.  After all Christmas gifts have been purchased, donations are used to help the youth celebrate the season with unique holiday programs led by our Spiritual Life team and a family-style dinner at each of our locations, including Denton.  Once the holiday programs have been funded the money goes to wherever it is needed to positively impact the lives of our youth and fulfill our purpose of enriching communities, one family at a time.

With your help, we can make God’s love real for the children and families of the Board of Child Care through our Christmas Offering. When you give, you participate in God’s redeeming and transforming work in the lives of precious youth, families, and communities.  Blessings to you as we prepare to celebrate God’s gift of Jesus Christ for all the world.

 

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Stacey Nickerson
Director of Church and Community Engagement

 


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We Collect Box Tops!

Look for the pink Box Top located on the top or bottom of the food boxes already in your home. Clip them and send to Board of Child Care – Auxiliary 3300 Gaither Rd, Baltimore, MD 21244

 


Graduation – monetary donations welcome as we give each child a handmade quilt/afghan AND a monetary gift.

Help create beautiful afghans / quilts to give to the Strawbridge graduates!

Presenting each graduate with a hand-made afghan/quilt along with a monetary gift. The Auxiliary is seeking volunteers to get the crochet hooks, knitting needles, or sewing machines moving.

The afghans/quilts are typically 70″ x 35″ — a suitable size to top a twin bed.

Please call our office with questions or inquiries about dropping off donations. Auxiliary Office 410-922-2100 x 5473 or Development Office 410-922-2100 x 5430


Summer is Right Around the Corner

Summer Vacation who doesn’t love to “get away” during the summer months.   Our kids do too – monetary donations to help offset transportation and admission costs welcome.  (Checks payable to BCC Auxiliary, note Road Trips in memo.)

In the past we have been able to take trips to:  Sky Zone, Ironbird & Frederick Keys ball games, Cascade Lake, Mt. Pleasant Ice Rink, to name a few.


Changes for Auxiliary 2017 Thanksgiving Drive

For many years we have supported our Board of Child Care (BCC) families with Thanksgiving Baskets – collecting canned goods, cake mixes, stuffing etc.    And always our families are appreciative.   This year we are handling Thanksgiving donations a little differently.   We will be providing $25 grocery store gift cards to families in lieu of our usual baskets of canned hams, veggies, cake mixes etc.   SO donations will be much easier – just write a check or give cash!   We will take care of purchasing the grocery store (geographically appropriate) gift cards for the recipients.   Grocery Store Gift cards allow the recipients more choice in tastes and accommodating dietary needs (store policies prohibit gift cards from being used to purchase alcohol, tobacco or lottery/keno tickets).

Send checks payable to the BCC Auxiliary, Attn: BCC Auxiliary Office, 3300 Gaither Road, Baltimore MD  21244,  with a note in memo “Thanksgiving”.  This way, we can record donations in our database, and send an acknowledgment to donors.

We are always so grateful for YOU our supporters – Blessings to all and a bountiful Thanksgiving!

If you have any questions about Changes for Auxiliary 2017 Thanksgiving Drive please call Rev. Dr. Stacey Nickerson, Director of Church and Community Engagement, Board of Child Care (Staff) by phone (410) 496-5610 or email snickerson@boardofchildcare.org

 


2017 Thanksgiving food drive – THANK YOU!