Scott Hodge


Blown Away!

Dec 18, 2008


Ok, so here's how it worked:

We asked The Orchard Community to buy and donate brand new toys.

The toys were then taken to Bardwell Elementary School on the east side of Aurora for an event called The Christmas Gift Mart which is an amazing event put on by our friends at Community Christian Church in Naperville.

Now the cool part….

The gifts weren't donated to families in need.  They were sold.

For $2 each.

Why?  So that parents that would normally not be able to purchase gifts for their
children would be able to do so without simply receiving a “hand-out.”

And the really, really cool part?

The money raised by the sale of the gifts was poured back into partner schools in two communities.

And get this….  The same exact thing happened in Joliet as well as Aurora! 

The results?

9,500 toys collected.

1,000+ volunteers.

3,500 community members blessed in Aurora & Joliet.

$11,500 raised for schools by the Aurora Gift Mart alone!

I'm telling you…  This was one of the most amazing things I have ever been a part of! 

And Orchard… guys are AMAZING!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for the 800+ toys you donated and to all of you who were a part of serving at the Gift Mart event!  What a beautiful way to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

5 Responses to “Blown Away!”

  1. Kirsten says:

    Yes, THANK YOU ORCHARD!! Your partnership is what allowed these two events to happen this year. Without you, we never would have had the faith to take on a 2nd mart in Joliet. So, thanks to you, two additional schools were blessed this Christmas! We look forward to working together lots more in the future! Kirsten Strand, Director Community 4:12, CCC

  2. Keith Jones says:

    We just finished a toy drive at SSCC in Gilbert, AZ, where we donated toys to one of the reservations in our state.
    In our large group session for our kids we were talking about helping the least of these. I took a little liberty and threw in an extra line, “I had nothing to play with and you gave me Legos.”
    It got a laugh and the kids got the point. Good stuff. God stuff.

  3. Scott & Orchard, thanks for your partnership in this. You guys are amazing and I hope this is just the beginning of other causes we partner on together. Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor Community Christian Church

  4. Jeff says:

    Here’s the Daily Herald write up on the East Joliet mart from this year. Just an incredible experience and a great showing of God’s love in the community.,4_1_JO14_GIFTSFORKIDS_S1.article

  5. Thats awesome, Scott! Your people rock.

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