We’ll all miss the joyful procession of gifts to the altar and the hustle and bustle of sorting and bundling gifts in O Hall. But we’ll still deliver love and hope to nine local agencies that are providing vital services to our neighbors. This ministry provides gifts that are then distributed to clients by the agencies. This year we will make donations of cash or gift cards. We’re hoping to collect all donations no later than Sunday, Dec. 13 so that agencies have time to shop.
We encourage you to make a monetary gift to the church and designate Offering of Gifts. We’d prefer to have the donation made on-line (use the Give button on MyUCUCC or on our website), but you may also mail a donation to the church. Donations designated for Offerings of Gifts will be divided equitably amongst our nine partner organizations. If you’re interested in purchasing an actual gift, see the details below for Arion Court and Friends of Youth.
Arion Court is an apartment building in South Lake Union for unsheltered men, most of whom are U.S. veterans. Gift cards for Safeway, Walmart, Visa, Amazon, or any big restaurant chain would be much appreciated. Bring your gift cards in an envelope labeled “Arion Court” to church on Sunday, November 29 from 1:30 – 3:30 at the Advent Car Parade. Or, mail them to Susan Ovens, 2500 NW 92nd St., Seattle, WA 98117.
Friends of Youth has served youth and family for more than 68 years, operating facilities and providing services to foster youth, refugee youth, homeless youth and young families. They have an Amazon wish list that can be accessed from this link. Amazon will send your gifts directly to the agency.
Child Learning and Care Center at UCUCC provides nurturing care in a multicultural environment to children of working parents.
Since 1976, International Rescue Committee has helped thousands of refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking in Washington. During the pandemic, food security has been a significant challenge.
Mary’s Place provides safe, inclusive shelter and services for women, children and family on their journey out of homelessness. The women’s day center and eight overnight shelters in King Country keep struggling families together and provide resources for housing and employment.
Solid Ground runs a family shelter that provides temporary housing for families in crisis.
Teen Feed serves homeless youth and young adults ages 13-25, providing warm meals to youth every night of the week. Case management and outreach services are also available to help youth achieve goals.
Tierra Nueva is a multi-faceted ministry in Skagit County that provides gifts for children who have a parent who will be in jail over the holidays.
Trettin Drop-in Preschool is described by many parents as a “lifesaver,” serving a diverse population of children in a center housed in our church.