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Friday, November 11, 2016

Christmas Baskets - Then and Now

"Dove's Christmas Drive is underway!  We ask your help in making the 1986 Holiday Season a Happy one in homes throughout Decatur and Macon County.  As in the past Dove will be conducting Food and Toy Drive during this Christmas Season..."  November 1986 DoveTales Newsletter


"DOVE will work again this year with the Prince of Peace program from St. John's Lutheran Church to provide Christmas baskets for people that we work with during the year.  If your family, Sunday School class or group would like to provide a basket or donate money for the project, please call..."  December 1972 DoveTales Newsletter


"DOVE is participating with the Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation, DARE and St. John's Northeast Center to provide Christmas baskets to low-income families in Decatur.  If you would like to contribute either food or money, please call the DOVE house, 428-6616.  Someone could use your caring." December 1975 DoveTales Newsletter


"... At this time of the year we turn our thoughts to the needs of our community.  Again this Holiday Season, Dove will provide food, toys and gift to hundreds of low-income homes in Decatur and Macon County.  ... All of us at Dove deeply value your friendship and your continued partnership in our exciting ministry.  Please accept our wishes for a meaningful Christmas Season!"  DoveTales Newsletter, December 1983




"Christmas Corner
There are still plenty of time and ways to get involved with Dove and North East Community Fund’s Christmas Baskets Program.


 Consider donating items or money. We are still in great need of the following: full sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, as well as boxes of gallon sized Ziploc bags in order to make the hygiene bags for families receiving baskets.
 
Are you interested in adopting a family for Christmas? This is such an awesome opportunity for those who choose it. You get to be in touch with the family you’re adopting, to find out who they are and what kinds of things they’re in need of. You get to deliver their Christmas right to them yourself. Each year I look forward to adopting families out, and each year we have at least one or two people or groups who enjoy this option so much, they return and do it again the next year.
 
We do ask that you give at least the equivalent of what we give in baskets – the food, plus a gift for each child, and hats and gloves and a stocking for each member of the family. Anything more than that is definitely appreciated. Is this something that you, your family, or a group you’re involved with is interested in?
 
We’re also in need of volunteers the week of baskets. We will move everything to First United Methodist (201 W. North St) on the morning of December 15th and will be there from about 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m. that day, the next, and this year we’re going to have Saturday the 17th for families and students to come volunteer if they’d like. We’ll be filling baskets Monday and Tuesday, the 19th and 20th during those same times.


 We’ll need a lot of help with delivering baskets to people on the morning of Thursday, December 22nd, if that’s something you’d like to try, or if it’s something you’ve done before and have enjoyed in the past.  If you have a truck, please bring it – some of these baskets are large!


If none of these are things that work for you or your schedule, consider attending Making Christmas Bright, a fundraiser we’re partnering with Pizza Hut for on December 6th. If you bring a copy of our flier, or if you show a copy of it on your phone, Dove’s Christmas Baskets will get a portion of each order that day. You don’t even have to go to a specific Pizza Hut. If you give our voucher or online code (DOVE), you can go to any Pizza Hut in the United States and you will be supporting us.


The Pizza Hut at 975 W. Eldorado will also be collecting toys for the kids that night from 5-8. Bring your kids and enjoy a fun night out while helping support kids who are less fortunate.  A very special guest will be in attendance and he’s going to be making his own lists and checking them twice!  (flyer available on website www.doveinc.org)


The next few weeks are going to be a flurry of activity, and I hope to talk to you about how you can get involved and help out. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at 217-428-6616.


Angie Williams
Christmas Baskets Coordinator"
DoveTales Newsletter, November 2016


 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.




Dear Friends,

As I write this the weather is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are turning and beginning to fall.  A group of high school volunteers are in my office at Homeward Bound moving files into storage. Another group is sanitizing the play area and toys.  A group of skilled craftsmen and women are giving the domestic violence shelter client kitchen, bedrooms, common area and play yard a facelift.  I look around at the good people who make Dove run and find myself deeply humbled by their commitment to our community.

In November and December amidst the hustle and bustle of holidays we’ll continue to band together to distribute Coats for Kids donations to area agencies, Stand Down for Veterans, learn about issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness at Box City and Hoard No More training.  We’ll be filling baskets for hundreds of area families so that they can share in the air of celebration.

As we celebrate, I ask you please to also turn an eye to local and state politics. Voting is one of the most important ways in which you can give to community efforts.  By choosing state and local policy-makers you are choosing what the future holds for our community.  The “stop-gap” budget expires this December and your vote can help solve the continuing budget crisis.  Be informed when you vote. Visit https://g.co/kgs/SVLNzV and entire your street address where you are registered to see the full ballot.  Then take the time to read up on or meet the candidates so that you can make an informed decision at the polls.

We also have 18 House seats and 1 Senate seat in the federal election to decide on. These people will help determine how our federal funding for local housing initiatives goes in the future. Your vote and your voice matter in this election.

If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s mission, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey.  Dove, Inc. is only as strong as its member organizations, volunteers and advocates.  It is my sincere hope that you will be a part of making our home a community free of human suffering.

Christine Gregory