As we look toward the birth of Christ, we are again joining with several of our community partners serving children and families in need. Each Congregation member is invited to provide a gift for a child or youth and specific small new clothing items for our homeless neighbors.
Beginning on November 27, you may choose a gift tag from our Advent Giving Tree after each Sunday morning service or you may just bring a gift or a gift card from the list below. All gifts must be new, unwrapped (or in an open gift bag) and delivered to the Cathedral no later than December 11.
Drop-off of gifts is only possible before and after morning services December 4 and December 11.
The types of gifts requested for girls and boys include:
- New toys for children and youth (1 year old to teenager)
- New books for children from 1 year to 10 years old
- Clothing for children (6 weeks to pre-K)
- Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Kmart, VISA)
New warm outdoor gloves, socks, long underwear, scarves
More specific information on gifts (age, gender, type of present) will be provided on the gift tags.
Our Advent Partners serve families throughout D.C.:
Bright Beginnings Pre-school serves more than 160 children living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. http://brightbeginningsinc.org/
Community of Hope provides 600 families affected by homelessness with a roof over their head, health services and work skills development. https://www.communityofhopedc.org/
Covenant Baptist/UCC invites Congregation members to participate in its “Adopt a Family” Christmas Celebration. http://covenantdc.org/
Episcopal Church of the Atonement hosts a “Birthday Party for Jesus” where neighborhood children of all ages are invited to select a Christmas gift. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/parish/episcopal-church-atonement-washington-dc
Friendship Place connects with the homeless individuals who live in the Cathedral neighborhood to provide outreach, food and warm clothing. https://friendshipplace.org/
Cathedral Scholars Program, helps under-served DC high school youth to strengthen their college readiness skills and college access prospects. https://cathedralorg.wpengine.com/outreach-advocacy/cathedral-scholars-program/
With joy and thanks, Your Outreach/Social Justice Team
If you would like to help collect the gifts on the three Sundays or deliver them in mid-December, please email coordinator Janet Healy at [email protected]ralcongregation.org.
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