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Can you believe it? Another Christmas has come and gone.

Jesus says, “Anyone who reaches out to another in service, anyone who consciously chooses to put another’s needs before their own, experiences God’s reign and helps build it.”

This Passage reigns true to the Crusader Community this past Christmas. Your generosity helped provide Christmas to over 30 men, women and children in Boone County area this year through the SHDHS Christmas tradition Elves on a Mission.
When Elves on a Mission started 20 years ago we adopted 5 families, but through the generosity of those within the Crusader community, the annual program has grown significantly. This year we adopted 10 families as their needs were great and the families were very large. Over $3,200.00 in cash was donated at the Grandparents Thanksgiving Day Mass (our biggest collection to date!). In addition to the cash donations, several grandparents took ornaments off the giving tree. These ornaments contained outfits and gift cards. This ensured that Elves on a Mission would be able to provide each individual with two new pairs of shoes, 3 new outfits, new underwear, socks, hats and gloves as well as a few wants requested by each individual. Due to our communities generosity each family was given over $100 in gift cards to Kroger, Walmart, various restaurants, etc. and as a special treat the families were given gift cards to the movies and a restaurant for dinner for a fun family night. Thank you to those who picked an ornament off the tree, the families who adopted a child/children, and those who adopted an entire family. The looks on the faces of these parents and children at the delivery said it all, overwhelmed. Overwhelmed that complete strangers would be willing to give to someone they had never met.

This was Elves on a Mission biggest year yet! I cannot thank our Crusader Community enough for the generosity you have shown to this ongoing Christmas tradition. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and know that you gave hope to those who are struggling and put smiles on their children’s faces in their time of need.
The Crusader Community deeply appreciates the time, talent, and faith that you put into this project each year. May God Bless you and your families during this New Year.

Below is a picture and thank you letter from a 12 year old girl whom was part of a family in the Elves on a Mission Project. While I know that the letter may be difficult to read, the most important thing she said was at the end…
“ I promise, I will someday Pay it Forward.”