Our white gifts will be supporting several programs:
Gifts of money will go to the United Church Mission and Service fund. We pledged $20,500 for the year, so your financial gifts will help us to meet this goal. Make sure that you designate on the envelope that it is to go either to M&S or White Gift.
Emmanuel’s Bridgeport Café and Sharewear: Two of our outreach programs are the Bridgeport Café and Sharewear which operate under the direction of The Working Centre. Three afternoons a week we open up our gym to people living on the street, the unemployed and those in need. The Café provides them with a warm friendly drop-in place where they can relax, socialise and have something to eat. They can also “shop” at Sharewear located on our stage, where they can get new and gently used clothing. Our greatest need, especially as winter approaches, is for new men’s and women’s socks, long johns, underwear and jeans. Tim’s cards with $5-$7.50 loaded on them, as well as hats and gloves are also greatly appreciated. Pick up a tag from the Mitten Tree and help keep someone warm this winter.
Children’s Needs Distribution Centre (CNDC): This program is operated by Highland Baptist Church. Its focus is on children and has been serving financially needy families since 1993 by providing children’s clothing, toys, baby equipment and bedding, maternity clothes and infant car seats. Families in need are referred to the CNDC by local service agencies. Each advent season they fill their Christmas Cupboard with new children’s toys and each family that they serve is allowed to select one toy per child from the cupboard. They are expecting to give out 150 toys this year. You can also donate money towards the purchase of infant car seats. This time of year they also have a great demand for mittens, so the child size mittens, hats and scarves from the Mitten Tree will be donated to the CNDC. If you want to learn more about the CNDC go to cndc.highlandbaptist.ca
So, stop by the mitten tree and pick up a gift tag for Sharewear and the CNDC. Bring the gifts with you to the service on Sunday Dec. 8. In the meantime, let’s cover the tree with mittens, hats and scarves.