Christmas Sharing is a 51-year partnership of nine churches in Wheaton and Warrenville, Illinois, and the D200 school district. The schools' social workers identify families that need assistance, and invite them to participate in the Christmas Sharing program. Normally, the families go shopping for shoes, boots, clothing, household items, toys, and food at the churches on the second Saturday of December. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was a drive thru pickup of gift cards and food. St. John Lutheran, Gary Methodist, and Trinity Episcopal churches in Wheaton were partners at the St. John property as one of the three distribution sites.
Many St. John, Wheaton L.E.R.T. and other church volunteers served nearly 400 families directing traffic flow, registering families, loading boxes into vehicles, distributing gift cards, and offering prayers. Although everyone was very wet and cold, they all felt it was a great day to show the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ as they joyfully served families in need.