Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by why we get, but we make a life by what we give.” At Garden Spot Village generosity overflows. A spirit of abundance fuels the community and people give generously through a Making-a-Difference.

Making-a-Difference is a monthly collection of material items for local non-profit organizations. To participate, place donations in the barrel located in the apartment suites lobby. Call Life Enrichment at 717.355.6007 to learn more.


Upcoming collections include:

August 1 – 31
We are collecting items to fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, a ministry sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Items needed include small toys, personal hygiene items, and school supplies for children ages 2-14. See this list for donation suggestions.

September 1 – 30
We will be collecting winter clothing like hats, gloves and coats for Water Street Mission in Lancaster City. Water Street provides food, shelter, health services and career support to those experiencing homelessness. See this list for items to donate.

October 1-31
Since 1993 Samaritan’s Purse has delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need in more than 150 countries and territories. To support their work, during the month of October, we will collect gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. We will also host a packing party on October 20 to pack the items donated earlier this summer. To learn more about Operation Christmas Child, visit their website.

November 1-30
We will collect new hats, scarves, gloves and mittens appropriate for school-age children through the month of November. We will donate the items to CrossNet Ministries to share with children in our community. To learn more about the ways CrossNet ministers to the greater New Holland community, visit their website.

December 1-31
In partnership with Keystone Military Families, we will collect empty Christmas stockings for soldiers around the world. Stockings, 20”-24” in size, handmade or purchased, are welcome. Keystone Military Families will fill the stockings with gifts and ship them to deployed troops around the world. Keystone Military Families has been assisting deployed troops, veterans and military families for many years.  For more information about Keystone Military Families, visit their website.