Our White Gifts will be supporting several programs:
M & S: Gifts of money will go to the United Church Mission and Service fund. We pledged $20,500 for the year and we are at 65% of our goal, so please 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.
The Wayside Centre’s Sharewear: This is a place here at Emmanuel where people in need can “shop” for new and gently used clothing. The greatest need is for underwear (including long johns) and jeans (slightly used or new). Also adult hats, gloves and scarves placed on the Mitten Tree are greatly appreciated.
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 and they make an appointment with the centre. 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 serve about 100 children per month and are expecting to give out 150 toys this year. Child size mittens, hats and scarves from the Mitten Tree will be donated to the CNDC. They also need used clothes in the 4 to 14 size range. 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 either Sharewear or CNDC. Bring your gift wrapped in white paper or in a white bag to the service on Sunday Dec. 6. Don’t forget to attach the tag to your gift! In the meantime, let’s cover the tree with mittens, hats and scarves.
Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree Program
If you would like to support a child of an incarcerated individual this Christmas there are several ways to participate. For the full experience, you can shop for a present specified by the incarcerated parent, transcribe the personal note to a gift tag, and deliver the wrapped gift to the child. If you have limited time or resources,there are several other ways that you can support this project:
1) Shop for specific gifts (under $25).
2) Deliver gifts locally to children in the home of their legal guardian.
3) Mail a gift to a child who lives in a very remote community not serviced by Prison Fellowship volunteers like us.
4) Donate cash.
If you would like to participate, or for more information, please contact Jennifer McLellan