Angel Trees are here! You’ve probably noticed that the Fellowship Hall is decorated with four very special trees. Instead of the traditional ornaments, the Angel Trees are adorned with tags that detail a special need for the following organizations:
- Good News Prison Ministry – Soft cover new or gently used Bibles and soft cover faith-based books and new greeting cards and stationery for inmates
- Offender Aid Restoration (OAR) – Metro cards, gift cards for grocery stores, Target, and fast food coupons plus clothing and other needed items to help support adults transitioning back into the community from incarceration (and a big THANK YOU for all the gifts for children whose parents are incarcerated that you contributed in November!).
- Arlington Foster Care – (focusing on teens age 13 and up who make up over half of the kids in foster care) gel soaps and body lotions (Bath and Body Works), colognes/fragrances (with appropriate message), baseball sports caps (preferably plain), t-shirts or polo shirts (solid colors), ear buds, nail polish, make-up, hair accessories for teen girls and hoodies for both boys and girls (solid color or appropriate message). Also appreciated are gift cards in $25 or $50 increments from these suggested stores: Generic Visa/AMEX, Target, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Walmart, Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, and Amazon. Deadline: Friday, December 11
- Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) – backpacks (new preferred or clean, gently used); adult new socks; adult new underwear; hand warmers (“hot hands”); and blankets (new preferred or clean, gently used). All of these thinks would be for the newly opened, indoor Homeless Services Center. (another big THANK YOU for the donations of items for the homeless population you contributed in November).
Choose one or more tags, purchase the item(s) and place them unwrapped under the matching tree. We’ll gather up the donations and deliver them to the correct organization. This year we are collecting items right up to Christmas for three out of four organizations, which are Good News Prison Ministry, Offender Aid Restoration (OAR) and Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). The items are useful throughout the year as these organizations serve our community. Please note, for Arlington Foster Care we have a December 11 hard date as their annual party is December 12, thus we will gather their donations through December 11th to meet their deadline for their annual party.
You may also make monetary gifts using the Special Mission Offering envelopes in the pews or the online giving portal. Designate Angel Trees and we will use the donations to purchase any unclaimed gifts. Thank you for your generosity!
Questions? Contact Becky Thomas.
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