Falcon Children’s Home, located in the town of Falcon in eastern Cumberland County, has about 100 employees who serve over 80 youth of all ages. Since 1909, FCH has been providing a home for children who, for whatever reason, are unable to live with their parents. FCH has directly or indirectly touched an estimated 15 thousand lives through its various programs and foster care
Since 1949, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, visitors kick off the season of giving by donating much needed commodity items and monetary gifts that help FCH stay operational throughout the year. The annual Harvest Train is one of the most important days of the year at FCH. Along with gratitude, visitors usually watch a stage production by the children, caregivers and teachers at FCH. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, FCH will not be able to conduct the usual Harvest Train parade and production.
This year, in lieu of the parade, FCH presents “All is Bright Christmas Lights,” a drive-thru lights show on the campus Nov. 19-21 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly with a live nativity. Staff will be present to direct visitors and guests through the lights and to give out FCH keepsake mementos to those who come through and drop off donations.
The tour is free, and while donations are appreciated, they are not required to attend the "All is Bright Christmas Lights" event.
Visitors can begin at 7569 N. West Street in Falcon and turn the vehicle radio to station 89.5 FM and listen to the sounds of the season as well as greetings from ministry leaders. At the end of the tour, visitors can stop at the brick warehouse and drop off commodities and donations. There will be a decorated box for each cottage so visitors can bring bagged candy for the students as well as a secured donation box for checks and/or monetary donations. Total monetary donations will be announced during the virtual program on Nov. 24. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles. FCH staff will assist in unloading donations.
On Nov. 24 at 7 p.m., supporters of FCH can see a pre-recorded showing of the Harvest Train 2013 program “The Two Trees” on Facebook. The story follows the life changing experience of two teenage boys as they work at Ed’s Christmas Tree Lot. Their lives are forever changed by the events that occur there. The story echoes the sentiment found in Jeremiah 29:11, which reads, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Top commodity needs this year include: canned goods, paper towels, toilet paper, 13-gallon size trash bags, ethnic hair products, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, hand soap, disposable take out trays and breakfast cereals. Routine needs include: socks, bath towels, twin size comforters, pillows, diapers of all sizes. To donate larger items, call FCH at (910) 980-1065.
To find out more about how to be involved with FCH or donation needs visit https://www.falconchildrenshome.com/ or www.facebook.com/FCHFS. To learn more about the Harvest Train and this year's "All is Bright Christmas Lights" visit www.harvesttrain.com.