The year 2021 continues to have significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are existing and emerging variants that may spread more easily and cause more severe symptoms particularly in those who are unvaccinated. The COVID-19 pandemic also continues to expose long-standing inequities across our country putting marginalized and vulnerable communities in extremely difficult situations.
Although we will pause our traditions of gathering in person again this year to shop for Project Christmas Cheer angels, to stuff gift bags for the men and women at Hope Mission Recovery Homes and Beach House, and to carol at the Station Club, we can still let the people relying on these services know that they matter and that we care about them.
Through your generosity, the Social Justice team will work with these organizations to adopt children and families through Project Christmas Cheer and provide holiday gift bags with Wal-Mart gift certificates for the men and women at Hope Mission Recovery Homes and the Beach House, a Day Center for those with severe and persistent mental illness. We will also provide refreshments for a holiday party and gift bags for the people attending Station Club, which offers vocational programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thanks to the continued support of the Twisted Sisters needlework group, every holiday gift bag will have hand-knitted items for participants of each of these organizations.
In past years, Project Christmas Cheer and the Holiday Gift Bags were two different collections. Like last year, we are combining these collections and are accepting donations the entire month of October (a month with 5 Sundays) for both of these causes. If your personal situation allows, please give as generously as you can during the month of October as all non-pledge and non-capital fund offerings received during this month will be used to support these UCF traditions of Holiday giving. During these times with so many uncertainties, one thing that is constant is the generosity of UFC members and friends.
You can donate in the usual ways: mail a check to UCF Treasurer at PO Box 425, Morehead City, 28557 (put 5th Sunday in the memo line); call Dave Hughes and make arrangements for credit card payment; or use the “Donate” button on the bottom of the pages of our website (https://www.ucfnc.org/) and select “5th Sunday”.
Thank you in advance for your donations.