St. James Parish Mukwonago 604 Dozen Christmas Cookies
A longstanding tradition for Gathering Christmas meals is to give each guest a treat bag filled with a piece of fruit, Christmas cookies and candy. St. James Parish Mukwonago provided all ingredients this past Christmas: 7,255 homemade cookies, 1,493 candy canes, 534 oranges, 368 apples, 418 cuties plus assorted scarves, gloves, hats and winter headbands.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP: Holiday Card Exchange Program
Attorneys at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP opt to write checks to a worthy cause in “exchange” for sending holiday cards to each other. In 2015 that meant $675 for The Gathering’s work.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Provides personal supplies for Gathering guests four times/year, including socks, scarves, sleeping bags, backpacks, knit caps, ear warmers, coats and hoodies.
Music for Charity
Karen Beaumont, Milwaukee organist, designated the proceeds from two of her 2015 concerts for The Gathering and Tamarack Waldorf School. This was also part of Karen’s birthday celebration. The Gathering received over $200 to continue our work.
Alternative Birthday Gift
One of our young volunteers decided that instead of gifts for his 13th birthday he would like to collect donations for people in need. The Gathering received $125 for our Community Meals – that’s enough to provide breakfast for 50 guests! Thank you, SB!
Christmas in July
In July, you’re putting on sunscreen, heading to a local festival, or taking walks outside.At The Gathering’s South Side site, our guests are celebrating Christmas. Thanks to a partnership with Johnson Controls, we have celebrated Christmas in July at the Gathering for over 20 years.
The meal (roast beef, fresh mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, Christmas cookies, and ice cream sundaes) is paid for by Johnson Controls, and prepared and served by JCI employees. To top it off, each guest receives a gift bag supplied by JCI employees, and each child is given a treat bag full of wrapped presents and goodies donated by Maureen and Gary Shebesta. Holiday music and decorations added to the festive atmosphere.