The House of Peace, a Capuchin ministry located in Milwaukee’s central city, is in need of over 5,000 new toys this holiday season.
“Our central city children are depending on the community,” Gerri Sheets-Howard, House of Peace Executive Director, explains. “The House of Peace serves three zip codes in the central city. Most of our families are considered working poor. They need to make hard choices each month. Do they pay the electrical bill or do they purchase groceries? There’s just not enough of their paycheck to cover everything. The children of these families will not have any toys to open Christmas morning.”
“The House of Peace has done a toy distribution for the last 44 years,” Gerri continues. “This year I am worried for our families. We have received very few new toys. I don’t want the children to be disappointed on Christmas morning. For a country that has so much, I am hopeful that people can help us this holiday season.”
New toys can be dropped off at the House of Peace, 1702 W. Walnut, between the hours of 9 AM-Noon and 1 PM-4 PM.
The House of Peace has served the central city since 1968 and assists families and individuals in meeting their spiritual, material, and emotional needs. The House of Peace helps families to remain together and to promote self-sufficiency. It provides food, clothing, and pastoral care to the poor plus houses a medical clinic and legal clinic that serves the same population.
The House of Peace is a Capuchin ministry and is part of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, which is headquartered in Detroit, and serves Capuchin ministries worldwide.