The support from the community for Jubilee Christmas each year is overwhelming. There are too many to adequately thank here; so, here are just a few. Thanks to our biggest donors…
Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.and Brokerage Brewing Co. for being Jubilee Christmas donation centers and donating lots of high quality, new toys.
The staff members in Dauch Alumni Center at Purdue including the Purdue Alumni Association & the President’s Council (pictured) for donating five truck loads of new toys, bikes, clothes, sport equipment and more.
The Parrot Heads Club of Lafayette for their donation of new toys.
Anonymous individual donated over $7,000 worth of new winter coats, hats & gloves for our Jubilee Christmas children.
VERY SPECIAL THANKS to all of our Host-Sites who hosted all of our families, and whose members donated an incredible number of toys, clothes, cookies, blankets, hams, food cards and more. Jubilee Christmas could not possibly happen without their support over the past 39 years. They are as follows: Bethany Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Campus Ministry, Christ United Methodist Church, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Congress Street United Methodist Church, Elston Presbyterian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Federated Church, First Baptist Lafayette, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church of West Lafayette, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church, Lafayette Church of the Brethren, Lafayette Friends Meeting, Memorial Presbyterian Church of Dayton, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Riverside Covenant Church, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Trinity United Methodist Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
Jubilee Christmas Served 639 Local Families & 1,828 Local Children
The 39th annual Lafayette Urban Ministry Jubilee Christmas Program took place this past Saturday (December 14) at 26 different events throughout Lafayette/West Lafayette. Thirty churches and numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided gifts of new toys, books, food, and clothing, to parents from 639 local households impacting 1,828 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.
On Jubilee Christmas Saturday, parents arrived at their designated Jubilee Christmas site. Greeters welcomed and introduced them to their hosts for the day. Parents then began to select toys, clothing and stocking stuffers for their children. Volunteers helped the parents wrap gifts. Each family also received a food card, homemade Christmas cookies and a holiday ham.
A program of this size is a real benefit to our local retail economy. All the gifts and food for Jubilee Christmas are purchased locally. LUM will also see as a result of this program fewer requests for emergency rent and utility assistance in January and February.
More than $250,000 worth of toys and food were distributed; and it took over 1,200 individual volunteers to make it a success this year.
Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals for a successful Jubilee Christmas. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas.
VOLUNTEER elves are needed for Jubilee Christmas part 2 & part 3 on Saturday, December 14. 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. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name.
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, Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. & Brokerage Brewing Company. Click the “Donate” button make a monetary donation as well as a wishlist of our needs and JC donation center locations and times.
Blankets & Quilts — each family gets at least one for the family
Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tape
Gift Cards — Food cards, Gift cards for teen siblings
Trash bags (30 gallon)
Donation Centers are as follows:
LUM Office 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN
— Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6 — 1 to 5 p.m.
Oakland High School/LARA 1100 Elizabeth Street, Lafayette, IN (rear – cafeteria entrance)
— Monday, December 9 & Tuesday, December 10 — 1 to 5 p.m.
Brokerage Brewing Company 2516 Covington Street, West Lafayette, IN
— Through Monday, December 9; HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 3-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. noon-midnight, Sun. 1-8 p.m.
Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. 100 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette, IN
— Through Monday, December 9; HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals for a successful Jubilee Christmas.
You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name.
Recently the LUM Jubilee Christmas coordinators representing 27 local churches met at Lafayette Urban Ministry. At the meeting each Jubilee Christmas coordinator received a list of their “families.” The coordinators were excited because now they may begin their toy shopping and event planning.
This year Jubilee Christmas will serve more than 640 local families including close to 1,850 local children. Churches & organizations across the county will host 25 events on Saturday, December 14.
Lots of VOLUNTEERS are needed. DONATIONS of new (unwrapped) toys, books, games, gift cards, batteries, gift wrap, clothing (newborn to 12-year-olds), and quilts/blankets are welcome and may be dropped off at the Jubilee Christmas Donation Center (Monday, December 2 – Friday, December 6 from 1-5 p.m.) at 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette. You can help Jubilee Christmas even more by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000. For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.
Pictured above is part of our Jubilee Christmas team — some of our Host Site Coordinators. God bless our hardworking and loving JC coordinators. They are truly the heart & soul of Jubilee Christmas each year. If you see them, please thank them for all they do for the children in our community during this Christmas season.
LUM Jubilee Christmas is a special program for families with children ages 12 and under, serving more than 600 families & 1,800 children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too. Jubilee Christmas details are as follows:
Dates: Jubilee Christmas Day – Saturday, December 14
Times: Part 1 – Noon – 2 p.m.; Part 2 – 2:30 p.m.; Part 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Other Dates/Times: Open Registration – Monday, October 21, 4:30 p.m. (volunteers need) Donation Center Open – December 2-10, 1-5 p.m. (volunteers need)
Donate: to make cash donation or donate toys & needed items, click HERE
VOLUNTEERS are need on Monday, October 21 to assist with Open Registration of local families, from December 2-10 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas Day. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | firstname.lastname@example.org).
It’s less than 100 days until the LUM Jubilee Christmas day — Saturday, December 14. LUM is thinking about Christmas in July — because it’s never too early to begin planning for Jubilee Christmas. Won’t you please consider getting engaged in Jubilee Christmas 2019?
Four Ways YOU and your church, family, business and organization can support Jubilee Christmas are as follows:
HOSTFamilies at your own Jubilee Christmas event, click HERE
PARTNERwith a JC Host Site that is hosting Families, click HERE
Last year on Jubilee Christmas Day, 1,831 children from 640 families received gifts of new toys, books, clothing, and food for Christmas Day at 27 different events. If you need more information or have questions, please go to lumserve.org/jubilee, email email@example.com or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!
The important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:
Coordinators Meeting—Thursday, October 10 (2 or 7 p.m.)
Open Registration — M-W, October 21-23 (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
Coordinators Meeting—Tuesday, November 12 (2 or 7 p.m.)
Donation Center Open – Monday, December 2 – Friday, Dec. 6, Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10 (1 – 5 p.m.)
Hunger Hike (September 22) is three weeks away. NOW is the perfect time to get started! The Hunger Hike 3K Walk kicks off on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at Riehle Plaza, Lafayette.
Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. It’s the perfect event for a team or group — church group, student organization, civic group or your family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any way you choose. We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:
If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Port of Hope
Port of Hope (November 7) – Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The event includes heavy appetizers from local restaurants, a silent auction featuring items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.
Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 28) – The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by volunteering or making a donation.
Turkey Trot 5K Run
Turkey Trot 5K Run (November 28) – Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM.
Jubilee Christmas (December 14) – LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.
For more information about LUM Events, click HERE.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Graser grew up in Logansport, graduated from Logansport High School, and earned a BS in Nursing from Purdue University, where she met her husband, Bernie, who was a star Boilermaker wrestler.
Jackie and Bernie live in West Lafayette, attend Grace Lutheran Church and have two grown children & four grandchildren. She retired from Franciscan Alliance as an RN-BSN in Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Jackie is still called on as a PRN from time to time.
At LUM, Jackie has been volunteering with Jubilee Christmas for many years — and is one of the founding volunteers with the LUM Protein Food Pantry, which opened in April. Jackie shared,
“I love what LUM does for the community. I appreciate how LUM sees what families need and addresses those needs. I have a heart for children and families who are food insecure.”
Jackie thinks the new food pantry is“perfect” because it provides exactly what families need — protein, produce & paper goods.“My favorite program, though, is Jubilee Christmas.”
Jackie takes inspiration from Jeremiah 29,
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
By volunteering at the LUM Protein Food Pantry and with Jubilee Christmas, Jackie feels like,
“We are being Christ to the children and families we serve.”
In her free time, Jackie loves being with her family, golfing, biking, and kayaking.
To learn more about VOLUNTEERING with LUM, click HERE.