Not just a toy: Why Cradle for the Christ Child is a near and dear holiday tradition at Grace

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With the added stress of holiday shopping compounding onto the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to lose sight in the fact of what this season of giving and caring is truly about.

Perhaps one of the more selfless things we can do as Presbyterians at this time is to look at who we can help during this time as although we are steadily in planning and preparation, there are so many around us that are less fortunate. When you really stop to think you then realize that many of those less fortunate beings are children.

It’s with this notion in mind, why Mission Team has continued the Cradle for the Christ Child tradition here at Grace. An annual holiday effort that has spanned over 20 years at the church wraps up Sunday, Dec. 3, but there is still time to bring a donation of a toy or gift card to help a child or family in need. It’s about community and this event is one that certainly helps in bringing ours together a little closer this holiday season.

“Grace Presbyterian has shared holiday blessings with families in need for over 20 years, through the Cradle for the Christ Child program,” noted Mission Team volunteer Meghan Zamborsky. "[It’s] the tradition of bringing joy to children and families in our community by selecting a card with a child's wish, and purchasing an item or two for them for Christmas. Alternatively, gift cards to local retailers in any denomination are also welcome.”

Wish cards can be found just inside the Vista Road entrance of the church outside Pastor Sandy Hull’s office. If you are interested in participating, please contact Meghan or Mission Team lead Michele Smeal at From there you’ll be assigned a child and given their information.

In order to deliver before Christmas, the goal would be to have gifts or gifts delivered during Sunday worship services by Dec. 3. It’s a great way during the hustle and bustle to remind all of us what this season and this tradition is all about.