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Jubilee Christmas Assisted 682 Local Families


Impacting 1,945 Children in Tippecanoe County

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The 37th annual Lafayette Urban Ministry Jubilee Christmas Program took place recently at 26 sites throughout Lafayette/West Lafayette.

Thirty churches along with Sigma Chi Fraternity at Purdue, numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided gifts of new toys, books, food, and clothing, to parents from 681 local households impacting 1,945 local children. Jubilee Christmas is designed to let mom and dad be the heroes, rather than providing gifts to children at a large party or having volunteers deliver toys directly to the home. Jubilee Christmas strengthens families by supporting the important role of parents at Christmas time.


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On Jubilee Christmas Saturday, parents arrived at their designated Jubilee Christmas site and with the assistance of a host, selected and gift-wrapped toys, clothing, books and stocking stuffers for their children. Each family also received a food card, homemade Christmas cookies and a holiday ham. Over $250,000 worth of toys and food was distributed; and it took over 1,200 individual volunteers to make it a success as it does every year.

A program of this size is a real benefit to our local retail economy. All the gifts, food, food cards and gift cards for Jubilee Christmas were purchased locally. As a result of Jubilee Christmas, LUM will also see fewer requests for emergency rent and utility assistance in January and February.


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Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree


Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree

by James Whitcomb Riley


LITTLE Mandy and her Ma
‘S porest folks you ever saw!–
Lived in porest house in town.
Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

And no front-door steps at all–
Ist a’ old box ‘g’inst the wall;
And no door-knob on the door
Outside. My! but they ‘uz pore!

Wuz no winder-shutters on,
And some of the winders gone,
And where they ‘uz broke they’d pas’e
Ist brown paper ‘crost the place.

Tell you! when it’s winter there,
And the snow ist ever’where,
Little Mandy’s Ma she say
‘Spec’ they’ll freeze to death some day.

Wunst my Ma and me–when we
Be’n to church, and’s goin’ to be
Chris’mus purty soon,–we went
There–like the Committee sent

And-sir! when we’re in the door,
Wuz no carpet on the floor,
And no fire–and heels-and-head
Little Mandy’s tucked in bed!

And her Ma telled my Ma she
Got no coffee but ist tea,
And fried mush–and’s all they had
Sence her health broke down so bad.

Nen Ma hug and hold me where
Little Mandy’s layin’ there;
And she kiss her, too, and nen
Mandy kiss my Ma again.

And my Ma she telled her we
Goin’ to have a Chris’mus-Tree,
At the Sund’y School, ‘at’s fer
ALL the childern, and fer her.

Little Mandy think–nen she
Say, “What is a Chris’mus-Tree?” . . .
Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,

And say she must take it,–and
She ist maked her keep her hand
Wite close shut,–and nen she kiss
Her hand–shut ist like it is.

Nen we comed away. . . . And nen
When it’s Chris’mus Eve again,
And all of us childerns be
At the Church and Chris’mus-Tree,–

And all git our toys and things
‘At old Santy Claus he brings
And puts on the Tree;–wite where
The big Tree ‘uz standin’ there,

And the things ‘uz all tooked down,
And the childerns, all in town,
Got their presents–nen we see
They’s a little Chris’mus-Tree

Wite behind the big Tree–so
We can’t see till nen, you know,–
And it’s all ist loaded down
With the purtiest things in town!

And the teacher smile and say:
“This-here Tree ‘at’s hid away
It’s marked ‘Little Mandy’s Tree.’
Little Mandy! Where is she?”

Nen nobody say a word.–
Stillest place you ever heard!–
Till a man tiptoe up where
Teacher’s still a-waitin’ there.

Nen the man he whispers, so
Ist the Teacher hears, you know.
Nen he tiptoe back and go
Out the big door–ist as slow!

Little Mandy, though, she don’t
Answer–and Ma say “she won’t
Never, though each year they’ll be
‘Little Mandy’s Chris’mus-Tree’

Fer pore childern”–my Ma says–
And Committee say they guess
“Little Mandy’s Tree” ‘ull be
Bigger nan the other Tree


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Little Mandy and her Ma, ‘s porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town, where the fence ‘uz all tore down.


December 2017


Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas Classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response.  The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and, she ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Enclosed is a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree.  Place it on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director

PS – Please, place your generous Christmas Season gift to LUM in the enclosed envelope, or give online at www.lumserve.org


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Jubilee Christmas STILL Needs Volunteers & Donations


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Lafayette Urban Ministry has sponsored Jubilee Christmas for 36 years. This year Jubilee Christmas will serve 1,941 children , from more than 681 families.

To be successful, Jubilee Christmas also relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals. Please consider making a generous gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to help purchase the new toys, clothing, gift certificates, books, and school supplies given to the children on Jubilee Christmas Day.
Volunteer elves are still needed for Jubilee Christmas part 2 & part 3 THIS Saturday afternoon, December 9 (see details below). If you would like to host a family and assist them in shopping for their children, please SIGN UP.
Saturday, December 9
  • 2:15-5:00 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for the children (60 volunteers needed)
  • 4:45-8:00 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for the children (45 volunteers needed)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Clean up/Break down
PLEASE SHARE this with others.

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Collect Items for LUM – In Place of Gift Exchange


Why not replace your Office Holiday Party “gift exchange” with a collection of “needed items” for LUM?

Whether it’s after school snacks for our children or paper towels for our shelter — each donation is needed and appreciated. Make your holiday celebrations at work or at home more meaningful for your family, your guests and your colleagues.

View the entire LUM WISH LIST, click HERE.


Did you know that you may give a monetary gift in honor of a friend or family member?

Just let us know whom you wish to honor — and LUM will send them a card letting them know of your gift in their name.


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Give to LUM in Lieu of Gifts – Honor a Friend


Did you know that you may give a monetary gift in honor of a friend or family member?

Just let us know whom you wish to honor — and LUM will send them a card letting them know of your gift in their name.


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You may also replace your Office Holiday Party “gift exchange” with a collection of “needed items” for LUM. Whether it’s after school snacks for our children or paper towels for our shelter — each donation is needed and appreciated. Make your holiday celebrations at work or at home more meaningful for your family, your guests and your colleagues.

View the entire LUM WISH LIST, click HERE.

Do You Have a CAR You No Longer Need?


Donate Your Used Car to LUM – Tax Deductible

LUM currently has a client who needs a car. This individual has worked hard to create a better life for her children — but is struggling to get to the next level without her own car.

If you (or someone you know) have a used car that you no longer need — please consider donating it to LUM. The donation will be tax deductible, and you will be helping strengthen a local family through LUM.


For more information, please email or call Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).

Jubilee Christmas Needs Volunteers & Donations


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Volunteers elves are needed for Jubilee Christmas part 2 & part 3 on Saturday afternoon, December 9 (see below). If you would like to host a family and assist them in shopping for their children, please sign up. PLEASE also SHARE this with others.

To be successful, Jubilee Christmas also relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals. Jubilee Christmas donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-old), books, games, sports equipment, quilts/family blankets are welcome. Donations may be dropped off at the LUM Office through Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. See below for our list of needed items.


(Only new & unwrapped items, please.)
Now – Tuesday, 1-5 p.m. (Th, Fr, M, Tu)
  • Toys, Board Games, Dolls, Lego sets, Dress up & Pretend Play
  • Sports & Recreation equipment — Bicycles, Outdoor games
  • Books (Pre-K through 12th grade)
  • Craft Kits & Art Supplies
  • Gift Cards — Food Cards
  • Supplies — Bottled water, Trash bags (30 gal), Ziploc bags (1 gal), Coffee, Tape, Batteries
  • Children’s clothing — outfits, winter clothes, coats, boots
  • Blankets & Quilts
  • Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags

View the entire Jubilee Christmas WISH LIST, click HERE.

 

VOLUNTEER – Opportunities

Saturday, December 9

  • 2:15-5:30 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for the children (60 volunteers needed)
  • 4:45-8:00 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for the children (45 volunteers needed)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Clean up/Break down

Load, move, unload and sort toys
  • Mon., Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Receive and sort toys
  • Tues., Dec. 5, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 7, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE.


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Turkey Trot 5K Run 2017 Raises $20,000


2017 Race Results 


The annual Turkey Trot 5K Run was exciting as well as successful. Turkey Trot once again attracted fun people willing to arrive before sunrise and run or walk a 5K on a brisk Thanksgiving morning.

A lot of our participants were in costume or wearing a turkey hat, and many arrived with their entire family including their dogs. Turkey Trot participants shared that they love to turn a day of eating into a day of fitness too.


PHOTOS – To view photos from the event, click HERE.

The event was also a successful fundraiser for all of the programs and services offered by LUM. It is still early but Turkey Trot 2017 is on track to raise over $20,000. Thanks to all of our participants and event sponsors. If you were not able to participate and would like to give, click the donate button below.

All proceeds benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry.