We Bought a Van!

Today is the day! This morning we brought home our new Lift van, a 2014 Chevy Express 3500, which we purchased using the money you donated last November on Give to the Max Day. We can hardly contain our excitement. To demonstrate, Exhibit A:

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That's from our staff member Julie Wright when she went to help pick up the van.

Thank you to everyone who donated or helped spread the word. Because of your generosity and support, we were able to replace our old vehicle with something that is clean, functional, and safe to transport our students in. We can't wait to get in on the road!

Heading West

The Lift is hitting the road! We're so excited for next week, when we'll be sending two of our staff, Sandra and Aaron, and our two Student Leadership Interns, Moto and Christopher, to West Hollywood to participate in Rob Bell's event, Finding Your Groove for Spiritual Leaders. We head out on Sunday. Keep on eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for photos and updates, and once we get back we'll post some reflections to this blog.

Give us a little room this Christmas

Over the past two months, we've asked our Lift community to step up twice as we sought to improve the way we do things. First, we asked for a new van on Give to the Max Day (updates coming in January), and then two weeks ago we asked for help with our Christmas Store (read an update here). Each time we received far more than we asked for, and we're floored by your generosity. Thank you! There's one last thing we'd like help with as we close out 2015.

Please consider supporting our much-needed renovations in your year-end giving. In September, we moved to the second floor of our building, a definite and literal step up, but over the past few months we've discovered that our rooms aren't quite big enough for our events. Our landlord has agreed to knock out a wall between our main meeting room and a large storage area, and fully renovate the storage area with a kitchen included!

We need to raise $8,000 to support this renovation. With this expanded space, our students won't feel so cramped, and our community gatherings won't be forced to split up between multiple rooms.

Thank you for your support. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and have a wonderful New Year!

Christmas Store Recap

Our Christmas Store is over this year, and it was a wild, exciting time! Over 60 people bought items for their kids and siblings; we raised over $6,000 and distributed over 400 gifts; our entire staff was on deck and we had 10 wonderful volunteers spread across the 3 days of the store.

At the Lift Christmas Store, we sell new items for one dollar each. We find that when parents have the opportunity to select and pay for their gifts, it provides dignity that sometimes gets lost when well-meaning strangers choose and deliver gifts to families in need. In addition to the gifts we had for purchase, we gave out a roomful of free items such as hats, smaller toys, greeting cards, and wrapping paper, all donated to us by friends and friendly organizations.

A huge thank you to everyone who made the Christmas Store such a success this year. From donors, to volunteers, to shoppers, to social media champions, to well-wishers -- we couldn't have done it without you, and we're very grateful.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Store 2015

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SHOP

New items at dollar store prices for friends of the Lift community.

Tuesday, December 15: 6:30-8:30pm
for Cash In families only

Wednesday, December 16: 5:15-6:45pm
for Lift Up Kids families only

Saturday, December 19: 10:00-12:00pm

DONATE

Looking to help out this holiday season? We have a $2,000 match for all funds donated to help us purchase gifts for our Christmas Store!

At The Lift, we do Christmas with our neighbors a little differently. When parents have the opportunity to select, pay for, and wrap gifts for their children, it provides dignity that sometimes gets lost when well-meaning strangers choose and deliver gifts to families in need. At the Lift Christmas Store, our neighbors on the east side of Saint Paul will be able to shop for new items for $1 each.

Visit our GiveMN page to donate (be sure to write "Christmas Store" in the "Tribute" field) or contact Sandra at s.unger@theliftcdc.org. Prefer to do your own shopping? We also accept donations of new items.