Daily Needs Assistance (DNA) of Plain City and the Vineyard Church of Plain City will both be opening their doors to the community for Christmas Under the Clock, slated for Saturday, Dec. 3.
The organizations share an address at the former elementary school, 340 W. Main St.
A gingerbread house contest will be held in the cafeteria. Entries will be accepted from 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 and displayed during the open house in the evening.
The winning entry will be awarded with a $150 gift certificate donated by Carlisle Gifts.
“This is a great tie-in to our theme of strengthening families,” Melissa Honingford, a DNA volunteer, stated in a release. “Children will have a tangible, memorable way to see what DNA is about.”
The gingerbread house competition was chosen specifically for symbolism. DNA is looking to increase its ability to help with transitional housing to help homeless families with a its partnership with the Salvation Army.
The $25 entrance fee will go toward DNA’s fundraising campaign for strengthening families.
The organization will also showcase its L.I.F.T. Learning Center, located in a former classroom. Children’s activities, ice cream and cookies will be available. DNA will also open its Kid’s Kloset to visitors.
“DNA is a local missions organization working to strengthen families, stabilize peoples’ lives, and build community through our outreach,” Honingford said.
The organization also offers a monthly community meal and daily needs pantry distribution.
The church, located in the central portion of the school, will offer desserts and drinks, as well as crafts for children. The public is also invited to participate in one of the church’s prayer stations.
DNA was started by the Vineyard as a project for the 2009 “Be The Church” event. It was designed as a one-time project, to help meet some of the needs that a food pantry does not meet, such as helping with items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. The church leadership decided to make it a permanent outreach of the church later that year.
DNA is now its own 501(c) 3 organization, with other churches part of the board of directors and volunteers drawn from other faith communities in Plain City.