By donating, you can make the season Cheery & Bright for those who need it most!

Our 2017 Holiday Appeal

This holiday season, hundreds of your neighbors and their children will wake up in area homeless shelters. While losing ones' home is tough for anyone, it is devastating for a child. They must cope with the loss of friends, familiar surroundings and their most prized possessions. By donating, you can help make the season cheery and bright for those who need it most!

Our Christmas Events:

EVERGREEN HOUSE CHRISTMAS PARTY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 5:30 PM

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, we will conduct our annual Christmas party at Evergreen House shelter, 120 Willow Road, Harrisburg PA 17109. Evergreen House is a shelter for women in recovery.

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  • Volunteers arrive at 5:00 p.m.
  • Gemma's Angels Party Coordinator: Kelli Young | kyoung547@comcast.net
  • There MAY be some of their children or grandchildren visiting. If there is, we will have Santa arrive before dinner to give those children each a toy. We will assign child to do a Reindeer GPS (jingle bells) to get the Reindeer to land on the roof.
  • We will be providing:
    • A full dinner which we will likely prepare ahead of time and taken to the shelter
      • Menu: Baked pasta and sauce, salad, fresh Italian bread, Fresh fruit and veggie tray, bottled water. 
    • Christmas music (we have a portable PA system)
    • A photo with Santa which will be taken there and printed later.
    • If you have a Gemma's Angels volunteer tee-shirt, please wear it.
    • Gifts for the ladies which will be a purse filled with toiletries. We are accepting donations. All items for this shelter must be alcohol-free. See the link below.
    • Volunteers are encouraged to sit and interact with the ladies.
    • Please give a hand with cleaning up.
 

Directions to EVERGREEN house

Click on the map below for driving directions to the shelter. For GPS, the address is: 120 Willow Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17109

 

LOURDESHOUSE CHRISTMAS PARTY
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 5:30 PM

  • Volunteers arrive at 5:00 p.m.
  • Gemma's Angels Party Coordinator: Brenda Scott | parties@gemmasangels.org
    • Lourdeshouse is a shelter where up to 16 women can stay at a time for maternity care and residential services.
  • We will be providing:
    • A full dinner which we will prepare ahead of time and take to the shelter
      • Menu: To be determined but we will at least provide Fresh fruit and veggies.
    • Christmas music (we have a portable PA system)
    • A photo with Santa which will be taken there, printer later and sent to them.
    • If you have a Gemma's Angels volunteer tee-shirt, please wear it.
    • Parking is onsite. For Lourdeshouse, park in the east side of the building in the lot with the separate driveway access off of Willow Road.
    • The party sponsor is the Members and Friends of St Paul's Episcopal Church of Harrisburg. The folks are preparing gifts for each of the mothers. We will have a gift list online for the babies.  See below. We will also try to get something for each of the mom's for the babies-to-be. That will be coordinated with Brenda Scott. THANK YOU SO MUCH, folks!
    • Volunteers are encouraged to sit and interact with the ladies. We will also sit and have dinner with them. Needless to say, most mom's enjoy having a break from their babies, so feel free to ask if you can hold them. Cuddle away! If you have a cold or are ill, we prefer that you do not. 
    • We will be taking a photo of each of the moms with their babies with Santa after dinner. Photos will be taken on the site and printed later and shipped to the ladies later. We will also take a photo of the ladies who are still expecting and any volunteers. 
    • Please give a hand with cleaning up!
 

Directions to lourdeshouse

Click on the map below for driving directions to the shelter. For GPS, the address is: 120 Willow Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17109

 

The Santa Bus
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 9:30 PM

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On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, we will conduct the first-ever Gemma's Angels Santa Bus, sponsored by Innovative Coaches and Lowee's Group Tours of Harrisburg at the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, 120 Willow Road, Harrisburg PA 17109. 

At 9:30 p.m. (after all the children have visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads, of course) shelter parents will board the coach parked outside and choose toys for their children. Afterward, our volunteers will go into the shelter with the parents and provide free gift paper, supplies and assist as needed with wrapping. From there, the toys will be hidden until Santa returns Christmas Eve. Volunteers must be age 15 or older but if under 18, they must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have questions about the Santa Bus, contact us at parties@gemmasangels.org or call us at 717 298 0150

 

THANK YOU TO THE SANTA BUS SPONSORS!

THANK YOU to Brent & Chrissie Kelly of Innovative Coaches and Lowee's Group Tours for their sponsorship of their event! Does your group have a tour or coach need? Give them a call for professional service.

Innovative offer one of the most technologically advanced motorcoach experiences in the region. They have loaded their vehicles with amenities that their clients have come to expect as standard in standard in homes.  Features like WiFi, Power Outlets, HDMI, Streaming Movies & TV, Video Trivia are just a few of the items folks will enjoy on their coaches.

Innovative Coaches: www.innovativecoaches.com
Lowee's Group Tours: www.lowees.com


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SHALOM HOUSE CHRISTMAS PARTY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 6:30 PM

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  • Shalom House is a non-denominational 501(c)3 non-profit organization, It provides a temporary 21-bed shelter for women and children who have no where else to go. The shelter is located in the City of Harrisburg at an undisclosed location to protect clients who may be escaping abusive situations. As an emergency shelter, Shalom House provides for their basic needs: a bed, assistance with food resources, clothing, health and hygiene supplies, and a temporary address and telephone number.
  • Volunteers arrive at the party site 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Hill Church (Basement Fellowship Hall), 1501 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. 17103
  • Parking: Use the parking lot next to the church. Santa and his reindeer will be landing on the roof of the shelter next door.
  • Gemma's Angels Party Coordinator: We need a coordinator! Call Mike Macchioni at 717 686 7503 to volunteer.
    • The shelter will be serving their own dinner at 5:30 pm. but in following our mission, we will be providing fresh fruits and vegetables for the dinner.
    • Please wear your Gemma's Angels volunteer tee-shirt if you have one.
    • Once you arrive, please sit and interact with the children and families.
    • Santa will make his appearance at approximately 6:30 p.m. NOTE: WE NEED A SANTA'S CHAIR from somewhere inside the building!
    • We will have volunteers line up on the back/side stage where you will ready the gifts for each child. You will present the gift to a volunteer caller who will announce the child's name. You will then go to present the gift to the child at Santa's chair.
    • We will be taking a photo of each child with Santa. Parents are welcome to sit in with the photo. Help Santa give gifts to the children, then take photos with Santa. Photos will be printed later and given to the families through the shelter. 
    • FYI: this location is in the Hill section of Harrisburg. Some tips: do not come alone--carpool with someone; park only in the well-lit church lot; leave and enter your vehicles in groups. Note that we have never had a problem in the many years we have been conducting this event.
    • If you have questions, call 717 298 0150 or email parties@gemmasangels.org