Jul 14, 2021

“It’s time to beat the heat and get into the holiday spirit with Christmas in July at Grace Cafe, a ministry of Arch Street UMC” says Kristi Painter, Coordinator of Programming at Arch Street UMC’s new partner nonprofit, The Center Philadelphia.  Grace Cafe offers a community meal on Sunday evenings and a drop-in resource center during the week (Daytime Services). Both serve the unhoused community in Center City Philadelphia.

“We are grateful to receive a ton of donations during the winter holiday season each year, but our programs are in need of resources year round,” said Painter in her appeal. “Christmas in July is a fantastic opportunity for you to support your Philly neighbors! Each day of the week leading up to the 25th of July, we will be asking for new or used donations of some of the most needed items for our guests.

There will be a shoe day, a bag day, and more. On the 25th, we will be raising money for our big wish list item– donations toward new railings for the ramp that leads to our fellowship hall to make our building more accessible for our guests (contribute here!).”

Painter invites all to follow their Facebook page to see updates about the drive, starting Monday, July 19, and to visit their Amazon wishlist to see their most needed items. Or visit  their  website at thecenterphiladelphia.org to see more information about volunteering and donating.