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For the third year in a row, Mars Hill Olympia will partner with Reality Church as they host the "A Home For Christmas" event at their downtown Olympia location on Christmas Day. For the past five years, Reality Church has opened its doors to anyone who is...More in need of a warm place to gather together to celebrate Christmas. The event had over 500 people in attendance last year and has grown to include distributing Christmas presents, clothing and hygiene packets, a game room, watching classic Christmas season movies, and a huge Christmas Feast that is held a few blocks away at First Baptist Church. This year, Mars Hill Olympia will continue the tradition of providing the majority of presents for both children and adults. From now until Christmas Eve we will be collecting these gifts at our new building to take to the event on Christmas Day. All gifts must be clearly labeled (Boy 3-5yr, Woman, Man, Girl 13-18yr, etc.) with something that won't be able to fall off during transportation. Gifts for kids would include toys, dolls, stuffed animals, books, mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and candy. Gifts for adults would be books, gloves, scarves, hats, candy, gift cards, etc. Many people have provided bibles with their gifts in the past but we ask that you not do this as another church already donates bibles for the event. Last year we provided over 250 gifts and this year we want to focus on adult gifts. The event is predominantly attended by adults and last year we had an abundance of kids gifts but ran out of adult gifts very quickly. It would be a great goal to provide 500 total gifts with 400 gifts for adults and 100 gifts for children.
Also, we're giving you the opportunity to help serve at the event. Last year we had over 60 people serve for a few hour each on Christmas Day and many people spoke of how it was one of the most meaningful things they did all Christmas season. The event runs from 10:00am until 8:00pm with setup from 8a-10p and teardown and cleanup from 8p-10pm. We ask that participants serve in two hour sections for easy of scheduling starting and ending on an even number. Feel free to register at the link above and if you have questions, please contact Kristy Packard at Reality Church (360-584-8028).