Due to COVID-19, many area programs that previously helped families facing financial hardships, by providing Christmas gifts for their children, are unable to run their programs this year. Saint Stephens wants to help the families and children in our Merrill area community in some small way, and thus Saint Stephens Christmas Blessings was created. The program is intended to provide a small gift (toy, books, or game)(valued at $20.00) to each child in our community who may not otherwise receive any gifts this Christmas because their families are facing a financial hardship or other difficult situation.
We are also hoping other caring individuals, businesses, and organizations from throughout the Merrill community will join us in our mission to ensure that every child has something to open this Christmas morning to let them know they are loved. And that even in the midst of COVID, we still have the hope of Christmas. Click here to read all about the program and how/why it started here. If you would like to donate to help purchase gifts for area children, click here & select "Christmas Blessings Program 2020" for the Fund.
Families can apply for the Christmas Blessings program by picking up an Application Guide and Application Form at Saint Stephens in the church office, or outside Door #1 in the Blessing Box (even after office hours), or they can download the Application Guide and Application Form here. (Just click the links!)