Giving gifts for others wrapped in white paper is a tradition on White Gift Sunday. The gift is wrapped in white paper so that each one looks the same then no one can compare the gifts. Each family can give what it is able to give.
Our white gifts this year 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. Please help us meet this goal.
- The Mitten Tree, outside the Fellowship Hall, contains tags asking for a gift for a child or adult. Please choose a tag and buy the gift. We ask you bring the gift wrapped in white paper/bag to White Gift Sunday on Dec 4th. Please tape the tag to your gift.
- The gifts for adults will be given to The Waterloo Wayside Centre’s Sharewear. Sharewear 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). Adult hats, gloves and scarves placed on the Mitten Tree are also given to Sharewear.
- The children’s gifts go to the 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 parents make an appointment and come to the centre to choose one gift for each of their children. This year the centre has a good selection of infant clothing so the preference is for toys for infants; dolls, trucks, Lego are good for the middle years and crafts and games are good for the older children. Toys requiring batteries are not a good idea.
- Child size mittens, hats and scarves place on the Mitten Tree will be donated to the CNDC.
- You may also choose to support the Angel Tree Project. This is a program administered by Prison Fellowship Canada where you buy, wrap and arrange and deliver a $30 gift to the child of a prisoner. The prisoner will suggest the gift and also write a letter to the child for you to deliver with the gift. We are partnering with the Rotary club and hoping to support 40 families this Christmas season. Shannon Walker will be coordinating this for Emmanuel. Some of the children’s gifts donated on White Gift Sunday may go to support this project.
These are some of the many ways your generosity can make a difference in peoples lives this Christmas Season.