Shepherd’s special events are designed to provide a little relief from the everyday stresses caused by poverty. Through special events, our neighbors come together for food, fun, and laughter. Most importantly, however, special events help to provide hope. The following is a brief overview of how Shepherd works to provide hope through our special events.

Every Child and Family Needs a Stable Influence…
Shepherd Community serves neighborhoods where hunger is common, education is lacking, and hope is in short supply in an effort to break the cycle of poverty.You can make a difference! ! To volunteer, click here!

Christmas is one of the busiest times of year here at Shepherd. There are multiple events to provide for our families whether it’s through celebrating Christmas through our Christmas Festival with our families or allowing our children to pick out gifts for their parent at the Christmas Kid’s Shop.

Christmas Festival
Each year Shepherd Community hosts a Christmas Festival for our families. Here families can have a fun afternoon sharing a meal, take a formal family photo, sign up for our Christmas Store, and a handful of other family-friendly activities. To volunteer, click here!

Christmas Kid’s Shop
Each year parents are able to provide gifts for their children through our Christmas Store, however we give our children a chance to pick out gifts for their parents. Every child is able to pick out and wrap a gift for their parents/guardians. Regardless if they attend our school or a part of our After-School Program, they have the same opportunity to give a gift to their loved ones. To volunteer, click here!

Christmas Store (Parent shop)
The Christmas Store is the largest production Shepherd puts on all year. Each year families within Shepherd’s programs sign up for the Christmas Store at the Christmas Festival. At the Christmas Store, parents are able to “shop” through a large selection of donated toys that we received through our toy drive. We are able to empower our families to pick out toys for their kids and families. Each family has a volunteer who provides help guiding them through the store and helping picking out toys, games for the entire family, new clothing (including underwear, socks, etc), books, and a new toothbrush. The gifts are then wrapped and the parents are able to leave Shepherd that day with a car full of gifts for their families to be opened on Christmas morning. To volunteer, click here!

Toy Drive
Each year Shepherd relies on donations to supply the Christmas Store. Businesses and churches host a toy drive at their location and fill up their boxes with toys. Thanks to some key partners like Here to There Movers, the toys are then picked up and sorted by volunteers in preparation for the Christmas Store. To volunteer, click here!

A safe, family-friendly alternative to Halloween for children in Pre-School through 6th grade living in our neighborhoods. The Fall Festival features a Trunk-or-Treat, food, crafts, games and other fun activities for our neighbors. To volunteer, click here!

This year at Shepherd Community we will be holding our Annual Fall Festival on October 31st from 6 – 8 pm. It is a fun event – full of costumes, decorations, games, face painting, crafts, and a huge need for volunteers. It will take between 75 and 90 volunteers to be able to provide the adequate amount of help that we need to provide our kids and families (Over 660 people last year) with a safe, fun Halloween alternative. To volunteer, click here!

Through partnership with Indian Creek Christian Church, over 800 volunteers fill and deliver Thanksgiving dinner baskets to area residents. A basket includes all of the ingredients and supplies for families to cook a Thanksgiving meal together. Visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can get involved in the Baskets of Hope event.