The Christian Outreach Committee is beginning to think about the holiday season and the mittens in past years we have hung on The Giving Tree in the Narthex. There will be no tree this year as you enter the church, but that doesn’t take away the feelings we have for giving to others. This year we have decided to again support the Residential reunification homes run by Community Healthlink whom we worked with last year.
These three homes, two in Worcester and one in Leominster, are residential treatment programs that provide a safe, supportive recovery community and promotes a sense of empowerment, family healing, and life skills essential for women and their children to stabilize and lead drug free, productive lives. These programs support and strengthen the family unit and provide these moms with the support they need to become effective, self-reliant caretakers for their children. These Christmas presents will bring joy to a group of children who otherwise may not get to enjoy a “normal” Christmas morning.
We know that the actual shopping for the items that are on the children’s wish list may be tricky again this year and we want to be respectful of individuals who may also be trying to stay out of the stores. To that end the Outreach Committee has put together a registry on Amazon and as a congregation we will try to meet the children’s wish list. All the individual gifts are on there along with the option to buy a $10 gift card – the proceeds of which will be used to fund the remaining items from the wish list. The registry can be found here.
We are asking that all purchases be made by December 12th allowing time for shipping, wrapping and delivery ahead of Christmas.