Our #BoxesOfLight went out this week! Thank you to Village Church for partnering with us! Thank you to the numerous supporters and sponsors, donating items and monetary gifts! Thank you to our packing and delivery teams for your joyful service to bless our City of Whitehorse, Yukon!
The Good News: The great news is that our church and our community have poured out support for our Boxes of Lightproject! We have received all sorts of great items to fill these boxes! Thank you so much for your support!
The Bad (actually kind of good) News: Due to the amount of items that we have received, the boxes we ordered are too small! We had to order bigger boxes. Unfortunately, the new (bigger) boxes are not arriving until Tuesday.
Therefore, we’re moving our Boxes of Light packing party to Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 7PM, with box-distribution adjusted to Wednesday.
PLEASE NOTE: The “Sunshine Cookies-in-a-Jar” packing will continue as planned tomorrow (Saturday) from 8AM to 12PM.
Almost a decade ago, the third Monday of January was dubbed “Blue Monday” as the saddest day of the year, and/or marking the beginning of the saddest month of the year.
Blue Monday marks the beginning of a dark season in North America, but significantly in the North. After the nostalgia of Christmas and New Year’s is gone, community outreach projects have concluded, the credit card bills remain, and sunlight is still limited; many people are very, very sad.
More importantly, during the last two weeks of January and the first two weeks of February, many people in our community experience increased addiction, mental illness, depression, and tragically, suicide becomes the chosen option for far too many during this time of year.
This is of course, is during a normal year. This year will be very different!
Adding to the normative ebb and flow of the Blue Monday season, the fears and outcomes of COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions, have already and will continue to make this coming month one of the darkest mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.
Mountainview Church (Whitehorse) is partnering with Village Church (Vancouver) to bring light to the North, during one of the darkest seasons of the year.
At the end of January, we will be creating and distributing 200 “Boxes of Light” to Whitehorse residents struggling with addition, depression, and mental illness.
They will contain a number of gifts to bless them and bring them hope, as well as a uniquely designed help-card containing local contacts and hotlines to keep and help them reach out in their time of need. Even the box itself will be designed as something that they will want to keep, to contain help and hope when they need it. However, we can’t achieve this on our own!
We could use your help in one of the following areas:
1. Purchasing / Donating items to be placed in the boxes. (Still looking for the following items; no used items will be received.)
- candles or candle holders
- tea lights, book lights or small flash lights
- colouring books or pencil crayons (gender neutral)
- notebooks or pens (gender neutral)
- Light or Sun Themed Candy or Chocolate
- __________________ (Other small useful gift; gender neutral.)
If you’re planning on attending and participating in any of our packing projects, please click the button below to complete the Boxes of Light Volunteer form. Thank you for helping us bring the Light of Jesus to the North!