|Caroling for the
St. Louis Christmas
gives TWICE to
of holiday music with
,your listeners, and
twice, as the funds
collected go to help St.
Louis area agencies
that serve children.
|Caroling is a unique, personal experience - it's not easy to explain the special feeling one gets giving in this way.
Here are some stories...
Childhood Center, a funded agency:
A reflection on December 14 at SouthSide :-)
" The parenting meeting had it going on - we had over 50
parents at the meeting, with a lot of information given,
also toys for families (thank you!).
The main fun part was Christmas Caroling in the
neighborhood. I am 40 years old - I was acting
like a kid! I had sooooo much fun singing Christmas
songs in English and Spanish. I had a night out
with my SouthSide Family.
Thank you SouthSide staff & family!"
|From Cathy Nickens - Ritenour Caroling Leader:
Members of Harmony United Methodist Church caroled for the first time at the bottom of the escalator in the East
Terminal at Lambert Airport (near the luggage return) - such a delightful and heart-warming experience for our
We watched the faces of the travelers as they rode down the escalator. Many smiles, mouthing of the lyrics and
comments like "What a nice welcome to St. Louis!" greeted us throughout the day, and many stopped to sing a song
A lady rode down and made a donation and then rode back up where she had been listening to us while waiting for
her guests to arrive. Not only did we have great collections for our charities, we truly felt we were "ambassadors for
"Christmas in St. Louis". Truly one of the best volunteer activities of my life!
|From Bob W. of the Webster Groves Statesmen singing group, in an email to group members:
"Finally, for those of you unable to come to the First Annual Statesmen Christmas Caroling last night, you really missed something
special... we met at Judy's home and spent the next hour and 45 minutes strolling through Webster Park caroling.
The night was crisp but between our 42 layers of clothing and the joy of the season we stayed plenty warm. Each house we sang at was
gorgeous; all decked out with plenty of lights and looking like a set for a Hollywood Christmas movie. The people were universally
surprised and delighted to see and hear us. It was especially neat when there were small children (for whom we of course sang Jingle
Bells). One little boy in his pajamas looked for all the world like he was seeing Santa himself. His expression was priceless.
We finally had to quit when we couldn't stuff any more money in the Christmas Carols can!! One family put in a $50 bill!
We had so much fun we decided to do it every year, so mark your calendars now!"
Christmas Carols Association
Caroling to Benefit Children
|Harmony UMC also carols each July at our
"Christmas Caroling in July event" What a
dedicated group of carolers!
|St. Louis Christmas Carols Association - 7425 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 353, St. Louis, MO 63105 - 314.863.1225
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
|From a high school student:
program, I really do appreciate caroling every year with my church
group. I go to Ladue Chapel and my mom gets church members together
every December for this. I have had so much fun with it and made so
many memories participating.
So, again, thank you!! What you do is really appreciated. I can't wait
for this Christmas!
| From Jane Matoushek, a Girl Scout
leader in South County:
As a Girl Scout this is one of the easiest, simple,
fun ways to do Community Service.
I will never forget the first time I did it with our
GS Troop (they graduated spring 2015). The girls
were 6th grade Cadettes, and had just started
band, and we had our singers. The girls played
there instruments, and we sang. The entire
neighborhood could hear us and came out to
donate, and also gave the girls goodies, and a
couple of the homes were having a holiday parties.
We had a family find us and beg us to stop by
there home and we did. It seems grandma was ill,
and she heard us and wanted to go the party, so we
brought it to her.
Jane's current troop singing in their neighborhood.
|every December in
Terminal 2, greeting
holiday travelers and
collecting over $1000
The group in 2014
was made up of
members age 7 to 90!
|Ann's mother Barb left a gift to
the St. Louis Christmas Carols
Association in her will... because of
her gift, we were able to launch
the Kingsbury Place Singers,
purchasing music and costumes.
What a special lady!
|2015 update - The "3rd annual Culver City Christmas Caroling Party" was scheduled for Sunday, December 20.
Living just over an hour away from San Bernardino, and near a mosque, this year she planned to have her group sing "Let There Be Peace On Earth"
instead of ending with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" at each home. What a great idea.
Commenting about how busy the holidays can be, she said, "I know that if we carol, it will be magical. It just always is. Sometimes in life, we just
have to do everything we can to show up and in that process, it creates space for the divine to come and meet us. So I'm making some space again
this year and hoping for a Christmas miracle to come and fill in the blanks (though I still have to bake the mini-cheesecakes :)."
|When you carol, you never know who you will touch.
Louis Airport on July 24, 2011, we received this email :
Dear Ms. Koontz,
Every year my wife and I choose a Sunday in July to
celebrate what we call “Christmas in July.” After church
we get out our Christmas music, exchange gifts, and start
working on our to-do list for the December Christmas.
This year we had been planning on July 24th as that
date. My wife was supposed to return from a business trip
from Dallas the evening of the 23rd. Unfortunately, she
missed her plane Saturday evening, and again on
Sunday morning, due to security problems. When she
finally got home to Saint Louis at 4:30 PM Sunday
afternoon, she was obviously not in a good mood. I was
there to greet her, and told her I had a special surprise for
her. When I took her downstairs and she heard and saw
your carolers, her mood changed dramatically. She
loved the big sign they had that read “Christmas in July.”
Thank-you very much for allowing us to keep our
Christmas in July.
Maryland Heights, MO
|2016 Update - after a
group cancelled, we
needed replacements to
sing December 23 at the
Garden Glow at Missouri
Botanical Garden. Ann,
who was flying in from
California that day, and
her father came straight
from the Airport to join
another group - they saved
the day (and the donation)