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First Sunday of Advent, Nov, 29, 2020

Gift and Mitten “Tree”

One of our favorite ways to give back to our community during the holiday season and help children in need is our annual Giving and Mitten Tree. Just like so many other things, it will have to be done a little differently this year. As you can imagine, the schools are in a bit of upheaval and it has been difficult for those who run the program to get specific information about the children who are in need in a timely manner. This year, we are asking that you choose an age range to buy a gift for instead of a particular child. We have a sign up for that so that we can provide a variety of gifts to fill the needs that arise. Please go to Sign Up Genius, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af2ea5f94-giving to choose boy or girl and an age group. There is also a choice for family gifts such as games and puzzles. We realize that many of you are unable to get out to shop. If that is the case, you might consider purchasing a gift online or making a monetary donation that can be used to purchase gift cards for older teens and families. Unwrapped gifts must be dropped off at the church by December 12th. They can be brought in during regular office hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 to 12:00) or on Saturdays from 10 to 11 (during the time for pickups for the online store). If you are coming during office hours, please let George know that you are coming, 323-7584. If you are buying your gift online, you could even have it sent directly to the church! We would also like to collect hats and mittens for local children and those can be dropped off in the same way as the gifts. Our online holiday store is well stocked with handmade hats and mittens. You might consider purchasing them there and donating them. Hope’s Holiday Shoppe, https://go.rallyup.com/hopeumc2020 Just send Alice a message to let her know that your hat/mitten purchase is for donation. (alicecolli@aol.com).

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