Our 2021 Holiday Gift Bag season began with a very generous donation from you, the UCF congregation. Then, The Twisted Sisters, members of a knitting and crocheting group who meet at the Senior Center each week, donated an amazing and wonderful assortment of handmade scarves, hats, lapghans and bags that they had been working on for the past year. Each bag they made contained an adorable stuffed animal.
On Saturday afternoon, December 11 volunteers from UCF gathered at Miriam Green’s house, formed an assembly line and filled 108 bags! We also very much enjoyed visiting with each other and sharing the yummy treats we brought.
Each handmade bag contained a small stuffed animal, a knitted or crocheted hat or scarf and a holiday card. Except for Station Club (which is now called Empower), each bag also contained a $25 Walmart gift card. 42 bags were delivered to Hope Mission, 30 bags were delivered to Beach House, 7 bags were provided for Christmas Cheer families and 9 bags went to Carteret Long Term Recovery families in need. Thirty gift bags were delivered to our neighbors at Empower (formerly Station Club) along with drinks, snacks, and paper products for them to hold a holiday party. We hope to be able to join them in person next year to revive our caroling party tradition.
Just before Christmas, we took the remaining scarves and hats made by the Twisted Sisters to the Morehead City Police Station. The hats and scarves will be delivered to people in need.