The Advisory Board was asked about Christmas Charitable giving and ways of giving back at Christmas. Here are our recommendations:
Rose of Sharon Build a Basket: We are collecting items for a mother with a 3 –yr old son. Needed and suggested items are posted by the basket in the bell tower. Items are due by December 2.
Contact: Sheryl MacPhail
Hand-up Christmas Wish List: CrossTrainers Ministry in Bradford creates a wish list for the “friends” who access any of their services including clothing room and drop-in centre. Each person is asked to list three items they want. There are flyers in the Upper Room.
- go the CrossTrainers website http://ctministries.ca/
- click on the picture of a present for the current wish list (and these instructions)
- choose who you want to adopt
- email email@example.com indicating name and number of desired adoption (so they are not adopted more than once)
- once you receive a confirmation, shop, wrap and include a card with the name and number on it, which can also include an invitation to Christmas Eve services.
- deliver to Trinity Anglican by Tuesday December 4 at 8 pm or Bradford Baptist Church by 5 pm on December 6.
Contact: Rev. Dana
Gifts for Mission/Global Need:
There is an Anglican source for making donations for those in other countries, Primates World Relief and Development Fund, “World of Gifts”
A flyer was in the November Anglican Journal and copies will also be available in the Upper Room starting December 2. Items in the catalogue range from Cell Phone for Community workers ($20) to various animals like pigs ($30) to goats ($40) and cows ($200), to radio programs ($100). You can purchase your items online www.pwrdf.org/worldofgifts or phone 1-866-294-6899 or mail (on the order form).
Contact: Rev. Dana
Covenant House: Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support to as many as 300 youth a day. A national leader, they educate and advocate for change by influencing public policy and delivering prevention and awareness programs.
One time and ongoing donations help to fund these programs,
1-800-435-7308 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brochures are available in the Upper room starting December 2.
Contact: Art Holden
David Busby Street Centre, Barrie (a FaithWorks Ministry)
David Busby Centre is a community not-for-profit organization in Barrie, working from a non-judgmental approach to advocate for and improve conditions for individuals and families within the County of Simcoe who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, including shelter, warming room and community programs.
As a FaithWorks ministry, donations can be made directly to FaithWorks or through Trinity by giving to FaithWorks and designating David Busby Centre. This too can be monthly or one-time gifts. http://faithworks.ca/
Parish: Use the FaithWorks envelope available in the Upper Room starting December 2, be sure to make cheques payable to Trinity Church Bradford, and write “FaithWorks Busby” on memo line
Contact: See card in FaithWorks envelope or Rev. Dana
However you choose to give this year, Thank You.