This Christmas season, consider helping out someone who really needs some help. There are many to help. Here are a few options.
1. This year we have 30 children on our Angel Tree in need of gifts this holiday. Select the child you would like from the tree, fill out the sheet provided indicating which child you have selected, then find the corresponding bag with your child’s number in it. You will return your child’s bag with their UNWRAPPED gifts in it to Messiah by December 10.
(A note – many children have requested bicycles or other expensive items. Please don’t feel compelled to purchase these expensive items for your child if you do not wish. Other age-appropriate gifts are welcomed. You may also go in with another family to purchase for a child.)
2. There is also a spot for you to donate new or like-new books to a local HEALS Clinic. HEALS is a school-based health center that provides free medical care, dental care, and social services for eligible economically disadvantaged children at local schools. Your books will be donated to children served from Madison Crossroads Elementary.
3. Messiah’s Gifts for Mission gives you an opportunity to help support many of Messiah’s Outreach Ministries. Fill out the form, place it with your check in the box provided or the offering plate, and take a card to let your loved one know you have purchased a gift for them in their honor.
4. Finally, we have the favorite ELCA Good Gifts Catalog, with over 50 different giving options, from vaccinations for a child, or 10 baby chicks for a family. (Or my favorite, an Alpaca!) Again, fill out the form and take a card to send to your loved one to let them know you have done this in their honor.