Christmas Shoe Boxes

We had a wonderful sharing and giving time wrapping presents for the kids of all 70 Share House residents. Share House provides shelter, food and emergency services through a network of four shelters in Clark County, Wash. The following Tuesday, one of the volunteers at Share House came out to our house, and all of the gifts were loaded into his SUV. He couldn't believe the huge number of gifts we had wrapped with the child's name and age on each one.

We sent 30 Oasis Christian Center mugs with candy and candy canes along with the Christmas gifts and toys. Susan Oberst, the Share House volunteer coordinator, took the Christmas gifts to the Elks Lodge where the Elks were sponsoring a Christmas party for the Share House residents, and where "Santa" would be delivering the Christmas gifts.

Another business in downtown Vancouver helped out by sponsoring some gifts for the needy in our community. Oasis also sponsored a family in Vancouver—a mother and her four children; boys age 2 months and 3 1/2 years, and girls ages 8 and 9. The baby is sick and was in need of a vaporizer and some baby clothes. All the children received Christmas gifts, and the family received four free meal certificates to Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. What a great way to show God's love in a practical way by sharing and giving his love to others.

February 01, 2006 / Oregon Conference