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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Spread Christmas cheer: help Heart-Fire Ministries

Charity, Helping others, Holidays

Heart-Fire Ministries is one local charity that is sure to warm your heart this Christmas.  This is their 13th year of operating a Christmas Store that is rather unique, but they need YOUR help. The Christmas Store opens this week Tuesday, December 16th. Here is how it works:

'The Christmas Store' is scheduled for December 16 - 18, 2008. The Store is open to needy families with children who are hand picked by the organizations and churches we partner with. The Store allows families to purchase new gifts at 90% [off] of the retail price. The best part is when the children open these presents at Christmas, the parents can say with pride, "We bought these nice gifts for you!", not just receiving another hand-out. 

According to their Christmas Store web page, there are different areas you can help with: 


1) Work at The Christmas Store assisting shoppers, wrapping gifts, greeting & ministering to our guests (Noon - 5:00pm) [There is a web sign up list on the right side of the page. This need seems to be met, but they are taking names on a waiting list.]

2 ) Prepare & serve refreshments in the cafe [You can sign up for this job on the web page]

3) Contribute a financial gift or gift card [Maybe you received a gift card to a store that you cannot use? Put it to good use here.]
Mail: PO Box 14031, Milwaukee, WI 53214
Online: Donate online here

4) Donate new, unwrapped Christmas gifts for children ages 0 - 16
(Click here for a list of gift suggestions)

Gift Donation Drop Spots:

Elmbrook Church Child Enrichment Center
777 N. Barker Rd. (lower level)
Brookfield, Wisconsin


Eastbrook Church

Northbrook Church

World Harvest Community Church

Heart-Fire Ministries has been around since 1981:

Heart-Fire Ministries was birthed out of a desire to reach the lost and hurting on the streets of Milwaukee . Ray Jablonski, Executive Director, has been active in ministry for over 25 years. Ray was miraculously saved and his life was changed through a one-on-one encounter with Jesus. Returning to the streets where he came from, Ray brings a message of hope and life. From Heart-Fire Ministries’ humble beginnings witnessing to students on the UWM campus, HFM has since shared the Gospel with thousands in the central city of Milwaukee and beyond.

Renee' Lowerr told me she helped out last year. Check out the slide show and see what it is like...especially photo 20!: The Christmas Store 2007  This year Renee' is going again to wrap presents. Can you help too with a donation or your time? Like many charities, donations are down this year.

Heart-Fire is located at 817 N. 27th St., Milwaukee, WI 53208, (414) 445-9490

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