In just a few days families will be gathering to celebrate Thanksgiving. Typically, during this time names are written on slips of paper, then placed into a receptacle which is then passed around to each person. The name they select is who they get to bless during the holidays – the Great Family Christmas Gift Exchange. Even businesses and groups of friends participate in this tradition to share the joy of the season and to express appreciation for one another.
But may I suggest another option?
Instead of buying another sweater, candle or snack for someone who really doesn’t need it, please consider using those funds to give hope to families in desperate need.
Talk to your family, friends and co-workers this year about donating to Secret Families of Madison County to assist the hurting in your community. During the interview process this year, we heard stories of single parent families who encountered the untimely death of a spouse; unpleasant divorces that left custodial parents with nothing; parents facing a cancer diagnosis and the mounting bills and exhaustion of treatment; and families taking in nephews, nieces and grandchildren because the parents are struggling with drug abuse. Read More
October is about fall appearing in all its glory and getting your scare on. There are many opportunities out there to experience fear in a controlled environment; from getting lost in a corn maze, going to a haunted house, or watching scary movies.
However, some parents don’t need any of that to feel afraid. They know winter is coming and they do not have gear nor the funds to keep their children warm. Sometimes, their only alternative is to send them off in holey shoes that are too small and a hoodie while praying they don’t get sick. Christmas? Not even on the radar.
Most of your donations to Secret Families of Madison County are spent stocking closets to help them survive the Winter (brand new jackets, scarves, gloves, boots); as well as providing a complete Christmas.
Please join us in helping 100 families be prepared this winter and experience a warm Christmas. Donations of all sizes are welcome.
Saturday, October 15th
• Tournament 7am -?
• Homerun Derby 4pm
• Fastest Base Runner 4pm
Falls Park Baseball Complex
615 Falls Park Drive
Come out to the first Masters of Disguise Softball Championship, a benefit for Secret Families of Madison County. On October 15th co-ed softball teams will take to the field in full costume at the Falls Park Baseball Complex at 615 Falls Park Dr in Pendleton. Teams can be co-ed, but do not have to be and players must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the time of registration.
Team Registration and Sponsorships
• Hall of Fame Sponsor $1,000:
Large signage on backstops used for games, a team in the tournament with special mentions at events and on event publicity
• MVP Sponsor $500: Secondary sized signage along backstops used for games, a team in the tournament with mentions at event and event publicity.
• All-Star Sponsor $250: A team in the tournament. If no team desired, this level provides all benefits of MVP minus team entry.
Each sponsor with a team needs to fill out registration form.
Details and Rules
• Costume Required • Co-ed Teams • Must be over 16 y.o. • Men (big ball) • Women (softball) • Double Elimination • 1hr15min time limit • 4 Outfielders • Run Rules: 15 after 3, 10 after 4, 7 after 5 • Trophy Awarded • Food Trucks on site
Saturday, April 30th
10 am – 5 pm
The Mounds Mall in Anderson
Spring Time Vendor Fair-Application 4-30-16
The Pedi Lounge
My Favorite Things Gift Shop
are having a fundraiser for
Secret Families of Madison County
on October 11.
Between now and the end of November, they will be collecting
- new, unwrapped toys
- new Meijer Gift Cards (used to purchase family gifts on Secret Families’ Saturday on 12/5)
- toiletries: tissue paper, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, bath soap, lotion, shampoo, etc.
- household items: dish soap, laundry soap, etc.
Drop off location is at My Favorite Things Gift Shop.
Located downtown at 1031 Meridian Plaza.
Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturdays 9-1.
If you are interested in being a vendor email Lisa Harney
Cost is $35 and a new, unwrapped toy.
October 11th 11-5
Dickmann Town Center
I love the Fall. Memories of getting new clothes and shoes for school, new school supplies, new friends, new beginnings.
However, for many families in our community this is a time of added anxiety. Parents desire to provide the things their children need, but for these families there is no money for new shoes to fit growing feet, no money for new school uniforms, clothing or warm gear for the winter.
Secret Families of Madison County ends up filling in those gaps with the presents we provide to our families. Most of the gifts purchased are new shoes, jeans, winter jackets, underwear and socks. Those items can eat up our $100/person budget pretty quickly.
So, during this fall, can you be thinking of ways to help us help the struggling families in your community? Please contact us to let us know how you plan to help. This will be a great encouragement to us.
Can you plan NOW to:
Put away some $ each week
in preparation to sponsor a portion of a family ($100 per person, ½ a family of 5 – $275, an entire family of 5 – $550).
Involve your friends, family, co-workers, small group
to join you in this effort to expand your reach if going it alone seems like too large a task.
Ask your extended family to put Christmas Gift $ for adults to SFMC instead.
Then ask them to help on the first Saturday to shop, wrap and deliver. You may be shaking up the status quo, but it will be for a good reason.
Ask your employer if they can sponsor a family or two
this year instead of having a Christmas party or providing employee gifts. Then plan to get a group together to shop, wrap or deliver gifts to have a team-building experience.
Ask your church if they can add Secret Families of Madison County to their Christmas outreach.
There’s room for us and Operation Christmas Child (Shoebox) and Angel Tree. We would love to come and talk to your pastor or missions committee about how they can get involved.
Ask your civic or social clubs to sponsor a family.
We love going out and speaking to groups about Secret Families.
Join our planning team
to assist in fundraising in the Madison County area. Our team is so good that people think we have tons of people on our board, but we can count ourselves on one hand. We need your help.
We have so many terrific volunteers who sacrifice their time on the first Saturday of December to make a happy Christmas a reality for our families. But the sad truth is that without the fundraising, financial commitments and sacrifice of others to donate to Secret Families of Madison County, we will not have the money to purchase our gift cards to shop for these families.
Fall is also time of year when SFMC contacts the schools to let them know how many families we are committing to help this Christmas.
This is done every year without the funds to back up those numbers in our bank account. God is always faithful and has provided every year. Along with your prayers for our ministry we need to know that you are behind us financially this year, in whatever way you are able to assist.
Help Us Stock Up for Next Year!
We hope you are experiencing a warm and loving Christmas today. Please know that your support of Secret Families of Madison County, helped 70 families have a COMPLETE Christmas – a tree with decorations, gifts (necessities – like clothing, shoes, underwear and also toys and wants) to put under it for every member of the household, a gift card that enabled them to purchase Christmas dinner and a Bible to read about the One we celebrate this season.
Being a non-profit, it’s important for us to watch closely after our finances. In order to do what we do and help the most people we can, we have to take advantage of those after Christmas sales to stock up on supplies for the coming year. We do not have the extra funds in our account to do this for ourselves. We are asking all of those special folks who dare to go out on December 26th and thereafter, looking for deals, to look for deals for us too!
We are in need of the following items for 2015.
- boxes of Christmas Lights , multi-colored or white (Hobby Lobby usually has them for 70% off @ $1.66/box)
- plastic canisters of unbreakable ornaments 30 count (Rose’s, Ollie’s and Big Lots have great prices)
- tree stands for smaller LIVE 4-5′ trees
- Christmas wrapping paper (30″ rolls only, please – easier to store)
- Upright storage bins for 30″ rolls of wrapping paper
- Adhesive gift tags
Just contact us and we can arrange to collect your donated deals.
Thank you so much! Many blessings to you in the New Year!
These are some photos of the supplies that work best for us.
We just wanted to update you on what transpired last weekend when we had our shopping, wrapping and delivery event on Saturday, 12/6.
Secret Families of Madison County was able to:
- deliver 330 bags of gifts, one for each person living in the household that you referred to us,
- Many of our shoppers gave out of their own pockets, if they went over our $90 per family member budget, just to make sure the families got what they needed.
- give out 68 – $50 Meijer gift cards for Christmas Dinners,
- hand out 68 Bibles,
- deliver 36 live Christmas Trees (donated by Blue Grass Farms), to the families who requested one, with 2 boxes of lights, a big canister of ornaments and a tree stand,
- give a ‘Dr. Wonder’s Workshop’ DVD to each family, donated by Silent Blessings Deaf Ministry (www.silentblessings.org) . Read the amazing story behind this one!
- One of our families had ‘text’ entered by their contact phone. When they were contacted, via text, to talk about starting the interview for their gift list, they wanted to do it only by texting. When they were told this wouldn’t work, they decided to come down to the interviewer’s office and get the list filled out in person. When the family arrived, the interviewer did not realize the parents were deaf. After fumbling around a bit, she printed out the interview form and had one of the parents fill it out. Then she remembered that, across the hall the Silent Blessings Deaf Ministry had an office. Their Executive Director, Reverend Marshall Lawrence, just happened to be in the office that day and was able to translate for the interviewer and family. We call this a God-incidence. We gave Mr. Lawrence our Secret Families’ flyer. Afterwards, he was so touched that he decided to bless all of the 68 families with a DVD.
Please share this great news with others. We hope our families felt blessed this year, because we were sure blessed by serving them.
We are looking forward to spreading more Christmas joy in Jesus’ name next year in 2015.