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Provide the joy of a holiday card. Donate one dollar to give the gift of a holiday meal!

The holidays can be a bleak time of year for homeless men and women. But you can fill their hearts with Christmas cheer. Craft one special holiday card for a homeless guest at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission with an encouraging message to lift their spirit during this special time of year.

To help spread even more holiday cheer, enclose a suggested cash donation of $1 to $2 to sponsor a hearty Christmas meal for a guest at the Mission or donate here. Donations will be collected by the Mission’s business office and allocated to the meal program. Sunday Breakfast serves three meals a day, 365 days a year to those in need. It only costs $1.95 to sponsor a meal at Sunday Breakfast. Your donation will ensure guests have a hearty meal on Christmas Day.

Holiday Cards for the Homeless will run from Thursday, November 30, 2017, through Friday, December 15, 2017.  All cards must be mailed or delivered on or before December 15 in order to be processed on time.

Mail holiday cards to:

Holiday Cards for the Homeless

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

PO Box 297

Philadelphia, PA 19105

Drop-off holiday cards at:

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

302 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19105

Business Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Your support this holiday season will make a lasting impact in the lives of Philadelphia’s hungry, homeless, and hurting!

If you have any questions about Holiday Cards for the Homeless, see the FAQs below or contact us via email.

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Provide Hope for the Homeless this Christmas!

FAQS

What is Holiday Cards for the Homeless?                             

Launched in 2014, Holiday Cards for the Homeless is Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission’s annual Christmas card collection. Philadelphia residents and beyond are invited to make homemade Christmas cards for the homeless men and women who spend the holiday season at the Mission. The cards are distributed to our guests throughout the holidays. Guests receive cards at meals, and those who spend Christmas at the Mission receive cards and gifts Christmas morning.

How long will you be collecting cards? 

Holiday Cards for the Homeless will run from Thursday, November 30, 2017 through Friday, December 15, 2017.  All cards must be mailed or delivered on or before December 15 in order to be processed on time. 

Can I write more than one card?

In order to ensure that each card is beautiful and thoughtfully crafted, each participant is asked to write only one card and then dedicate themselves to praying and thinking about the person who will receive your card this holiday season. Our guests will feel loved and appreciated knowing that someone took the time to make a special card just for them.

Who do I address the card to?

Because the guests that stay at the Mission can change day to day, we ask that you address the card “Dear Friend” or “Dear Neighbor.” Cards are addressed this way so that everyone who walks through our doors during the holiday season will have the opportunity to be blessed by a thoughtful Christmas card. Cards should also be gender neutral. Men and women receive services at the Mission and we want to make sure no one feels excluded. For the closing salutation, please sign your first name only.

Do you have a flyer so I can spread the word?

Yes! Download this flyer to post at your school, church, or office to get people involved.  You can also set up a card making station by providing cards, markers, pens, and other supplies!

What should I write in the card?   

We ask that your card is filled with positive and uplifting messages. Many of our guests have faced extreme difficulties in their life and we want to encourage them in their time of need. As a Christian organization, we celebrate Christmas, but understand that our guests are from various cultural and religious backgrounds. Interfaith holiday cards are welcome. Below are several examples of the types of messages one can include in a card.

Christmas message:

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Although times are tough, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Merry Christmas! May God bless you richly throughout the holiday season.

 May God fill your life with love, joy, and peace this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Interfaith message:

May your holiday season be filled with hope as you celebrate with your friends at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.

Happy Holidays! I hope you have a joyous holiday and a blessed New Year. May you find hope today and in the days to come!

May your heart be filled with love this holiday season! Know that I care about you and that I am thinking about you throughout the year.

Can I put gift cards or money in the card?

We don’t encourage gift cards, but we do encourage that participants contribute a suggested cash donation of $1 or more in the card. The funds will be collected by the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission business office and allocated to our meal program unless otherwise specified. At Sunday Breakfast, we serve three meals a day, 365 days a year. Last year, more than 152,000 meals were served at the Mission. Please consider including a monetary gift with your card to sponsor a meal for the person who will receive your card.  One meal only costs $1.95 and can truly make a difference in someone’s life!

If you would like to send one large monetary donation, please send a check made payable to Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.

Where do I send my holiday card?

Please mail holiday cards to:

Holiday Cards for the Homeless

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

PO Box 297

Philadelphia, PA 19105

Please drop-off holiday cards at:

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

302 N. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19105

Business Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please send group card donations or multiple cards from a single household in one package. Do not mail individually. Thank you.

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Unconditional Giving

Men’s Shelter

In addition to meeting basic life needs for men, the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission enables those men who are committed to a positive life change to address their problems through an intensive 16-month program.

Women’s Transitional Home

The purpose of Wayne Hall, the women’s ministry of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, is to teach women how to restructure their lives according to the Word of God.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for groups with Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission take place at our Center City and Germantown locations.

Food Drive

Churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations can help the homeless and hurting men and women at the Mission by collecting non-perishable food items.

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