The Christmas Family Committee along with our community partners have had to rethink Christmas Families. For those new to UCUCC, this is a time before Christmas that members and friends adopt a family that has been provided to us by several agencies and purchase gifts for them. To eliminate contact between church members, agencies, and families we have decided that gifts will consist of gift cards only. We would like to provide the gift cards to families in early December to give parents/guardians time to purchase gifts for their families prior to Christmas.
Your request to adopt a family or individual will be by email to Kathy at moc.q@sppirkk or 206-522-7847. You will then be provided with the family you requested along with the types of gift cards they would like. Please budget for a minimum of $50 per individual. We are again working with 3 agencies including Lake City Holiday Project, Bethany UCC, and Compass Housing Alliance. The agencies will submit their requests in early November to allow plenty of time to gather the gift cards. We are hoping to have a drive by drop off at the church but those details still need to be worked out.
More information will be provided in weekly on line bulletins beginning in October but you can request a family at any time. And of course, you may make a monetary gift to the church designated Christmas Families to serve families that are not adopted.
Our agencies have been overwhelmed by the support you have shown for this ministry over the years. Some of the money collected last year that was not used has gone to Parish Aid to help folks affected by the pandemic in our own church community. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to make a happier Christmas season to families in Seattle.
Offering of Gifts
- UCUCC’s Offering of Gifts program this year supports ten agencies:
- Arion Court
- Child Learning and Care Center at UCUCC
- Compass Housing Alliance
- Friends of Youth
- International Rescue Committee
- Mary’s Place,
- Solid Ground
- Teen Feed
- Tierra Nueva
- Trettin Drop-in Preschool
In a typical year, our sanctuary overflows with gifts purchased for the agencies to distribute to clients as they see fit. This year, we are asking our agencies how we can best support them in this time of physical distancing. We’ll be sending details as soon as the agencies have confirmed their preferences. Like the Christmas family program, we hope to collect our offerings earlier than usual to give agencies time to purchase gifts. Stay tuned for more details in November’s Church and Home and in the weekly newsletter.