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Christmas 2016 – Three Ways to Make a Difference

Christmas is a time of hope, but it’s hard for people who have lost, or been denied, or have never known the hope it takes to dream of a happy future. A young pregnant woman and mother of two who has lost her home and her job may not know how to begin again. A brother and sister removed from their family because of abuse or neglect can sometimes forget how to dream of something better. A baby who lost her parents has no memory of home. These are our young neighbors who look blankly at us when we ask what they want for Christmas.

We can’t wrap up hope and put it under a tree, but we can begin to awaken and restore it through our actions. Good Shepherd’s caring staff can help them find a loving, safe, and permanent home—a sense of stability that shines a light on a future. With your generous gift, you can bring a bit of happiness and stir a sense of hope during this Christmas season and beyond.  The English writer Alfred Tennyson wrote:


       Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering “It will be happier.”  


We are thankful that you and many others have helped our children and families so often in the past with your Christmas gifts and donations. We invite you once again to be a bit of joy for those with little hope this year by participating in our Christmas Collect to Connect experience.  Your Christmas present for a foster youth, a foster family, a teen mom and her baby, worried expectant parents or a Christmas Giving Tree is a way for you to kindle much needed hope for a happier future.


Adopt a Family

Each year, our clients in our Foster Care Program, Pregnancy & Parenting Support Program, and Maternity Shelter fill out wish lists for Christmas. With the help of our wonderful donors and families, we have been able to provide Christmas gifts for kids and families each year. We are constantly blown away by the support that our “Adopt-a-Family” program receives each year.

To participate in this wonderful program, please contact Julie Rudden at 314-854-5700 or

Email Julie


If you’re looking to volunteer this Christmas, we would love for you to collect items for our clients in need. We call this program “Collect to Connect”, and find that many of our volunteers partner with their schools, church groups, or community organizations. We are always in need of diapers, new children’s clothes and toys, and baby items. To learn more about how to host a drive, please contact Emma Vonder Haar at