P. O. Box 427
Centre Hall, PA  16828

Christmas of HOPE 2015

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 9:33pm -- hopefund

Thank you so much to everyone who so generously gave their time, talents and monetary donations to make Christmas of HOPE a success this year.  We were able to provide Christmas to 108 children of limited means and because of all of you, they now have the coats, hats, gloves, boots, shoes, and clothing they need and a few non clothing items which brought many smiles to their faces on Christmas morning!  They also have warm hand made blankets that were donated by St. Johns Union Church, food and toiletries that were donated by St Lukes Lutheran Church and Penns Valley Community Church, pillowcases filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, wash clothes, and other necessities from Christmas of HOPE and PTO/PTG who partnered with us to donate these items.  We were fortunate enough to have the use of the beautiful Trinity UCC Church in Centre Hall to collect and distribute the items to families who participated in our program this year.  The love from this valley never ceases to amaze us and we are so proud to be a part of Penns Valley!  Thank you and may God Bless each and every one of you in the years to come!  


As you are giving thanks for the many blessings you have in your life, please take a minute to consider helping a child of limited means in the Penns Valley Area School District to have a joyous Christmas. 

Without Christmas of HOPE there would not be gifts under the tree for the children we sponsor.  Often times, there are not even trees.  We call upon people in our valley to help us meet the needs and even some special wants of these boys and girls.  What we ask of our sponsors is very simple, but immensely rewarding.  We give you information on a child.  The information will include the age, sex, sizes and needs and interests of the child.  The form will not tell you a name, but for confidentiality sake will have a code to identify your child.  You and your family, team or co-workers will have time to shop for items on your list.  If you volunteer to sponsor a child, we will match you with a local child in need as soon as we can.  You will receive the information you need to shop for that child along with information and directions on what to do next. 

Each child we serve will receive a pillow case filled with body wash, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and/or school supplies as well as a faith based gift from the HOPE Fund. 

We HOPE you will consider sponsoring a child this year.  All children that we serve are residents of the Penns Valley Area School District.  If you are interested in providing Christmas for a special child or would like more information on our program, please contact any of the folks noted below:

Kathy Coursen                kathycoursen@gmail.com
Connie Gensimore         conniegensimore@aol.com
Laura Romig                     lauranromig@yahoo.com
Nancy Stoner                    nlstoner@myway.com

If you are not able to sponsor a child but would like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made payable to Christmas of HOPE and mailed to the HOPE Fund, P. O. Box 427, Centre Hall, PA  16828.  We often receive referrals of needy children late in December so it is never too late to volunteer to give Christmas to a local child.

Thank you so much for considering sponsorship!  We know you will find it very rewarding to have brightened a child’s life by making their Christmas very special!  Blessings to you and yours!

Christmas of HOPE committee
Kathy Coursen
Connie Gensimore
Laura Romig
Nancy Stoner