Speaking Up for Dignity

Christmas in the Crick!

This December, “Mrs. Gingerbread” (and MANY others!) are once again bringing Christmas and love to a town where Christmas once was forbidden, a town filled with many children who have never even heard of Santa. Yes, Santa Claus is coming to visit the children in the secluded polygamy community of Short Creek, and he needs our help!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town  ♥︎ and he needs your help!

Help us visit the town where the Grinch stole Christmas, and fill it with Christmas trees, lights, toys, gingerbread cookies and love!

Background

The twin polygamist towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona were once a single town known as Short Creek. To change the negative reputation of Short Creek, then known for polygamy, prophets, and prison, in the 1960’s the town was split into two and renamed. That’s not all that has changed. Somewhere along the way, the town also lost Christmas.

I saw it with my own eyes. In 2014, I took my family to visit the polygamist community on the evening of Dec. 25th, and to our surprise, we did not see a single house with Christmas lights.

In this joyful holiday season while everyone is celebrating, I ask all of you to remember that many who have recently left the FLDS polygamist church in Short Creek could use some extra joy.

It is the most magical season in our country, so let’s help the many children in this sheltered community feel the love of outsiders, and experience the Christmas spirit!

All financial donations for “Christmas With Love” will be handled by the Short Creek Family Foundation, a 501(C)3, and will be tax deductible.



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On Dec. 22, 2016, we are having a private dinner and Christmas shopping event with former FLDS people (and others), because some of them just left their church, and have never had a Christmas tree or even a Christmas present.  We need donations – especially gifts or gift cards for children 10 to 18!

On Dec. 23, from 10 am to 4pm, we are hosting a community-wide Christmas festival at El Capitan High School. Help us show this community that the outside world they were taught to fear is actually full of love, happiness, and people who care about them.  Can you spare a box of Teddy Bears or puppets, anyone?

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Some of these families have never put up Christmas decorations or watched the Christmas classics. This will be their first year.  Can you spare any Christmas movies?

Furthermore, the FLDS church leader even banned toys! Children had to throw their toys in the trash. All of them. No joke.

Short Creek literally became the town with no toys.

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Notice the swings missing from a swing set in Short Creek

It is time to change this! You can make a difference.

Please join Mrs. Gingerbread and friends in bringing back toys to the town where toys have been banned, and introducing Christmas to the town where plenty of children have never even heard of Santa!

We are putting together a dinner and shopping event called The First Christmas, plus a community wide festival called “Christmas With Love!”  We are also sponsoring a Christmas market on December 3, and will be delivering Christmas trees before Christmas as well.  Presents, donations and love provided Church for the Nations (Pastor Lindsay), Short Creek Family Services, The Fern Foundation, The Wise Women’s Connection, UZONA Chamber of Commerce, and others!
All financial donations for “Christmas With Love” will be handled by the Short Creek Family Foundation, a 501(C)3, and will be tax deductible.


Santa Claus will be coming to town!

Please do what you can, as soon as you can, and spread the word!

STILL NEEDED:  

ABC’s of Love Donations

PLEASE INFORM US IF YOU CAN COMMIT TO ANY OF THESE SO WE CAN MARK THEM  AS COVERED!

Donation A – 20 presents for boys 4-10

Donation B – 20 presents for boys 4-10

Donation C – 20 presents for boys 4-10

Donation D – 20 presents for girls 4-10

Donation E – 20 presents for girls 4-10

Donation F – 20 presents for boys 11-18

Donation G- 20 presents for boys 11-18

Donation H- 20 presents for boys 11-18

Donation I- 20 presents for girls 11-18

Donation J- 20 presents for girls 11-18

Donation K- 20 presents for girls 11-18

Donation L- 20 presents for mothers

Donation M- 20 presents for mothers

Donation N- 20 presents for mothers

Donation O – 15 Artificial Christmas Trees with Lights

Donation P – 5 sets of Christmas tree ornaments & decorations

Donation Q – 5 sets of Christmas tree ornaments & decorations

Donation R- 5 sets of Christmas tree ornaments & decorations

Donation S – Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tape, Scissors & Ribbons for approx. 100 presents

Donation T – Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tape, Scissors & Ribbons for approx. 100 presents

Donation U – Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tape, Scissors & Ribbons for approx. 100 presents

Donation V – Books, books, books!

Donation W – Little Teddy Bears

Donation X – 50 family games

Donation Y – 50 family games

Donation Z – Raffle items!!!

 

If you or your organization can handle one of these, please call 702-305-2220 or 435-612-2444

To mail donations under 70 lbs., send to P.O. Box 840848, Hildale Utah, 84784

OR contact Mrs. Gingerbread HERE.

Participating Organizations and Sponsors

 

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All financial donations for “Christmas With Love” will be handled by the Short Creek Family Foundation, a 501(C)3, and will be tax deductible.



 

Photos from last year’s event!

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