The Mission and Outreach Committee offers different opportunities to donate items to local people in need during November and December. These are described below. Please do not feel you need to bring in items for every collection that will be happening! We are grateful for whatever you can do, and together our congregation will make the holidays happier for many in the Boston area.
Winter Coat and “Cash for Coats” Collection
November 4 - December 9
Since 2009, City Mission has provided more than 12,000 new coats to children and teens in Boston. Their goal is to keep children warm and dry in the winter, so they can arrive at school ready to learn. For struggling families, a brand new coat for a child frees up tightly stretched family income for other basics like rent, heat, and food.
There are two ways you can help:
1) bring in cash: to our "Cash for Coats" jar at fellowship hour. Any amount is welcome! The M&O Committee will purchase warm winter coats with the collected funds.
2) bring in a new coat: to the bin in the narthex. City Mission accepts all colors and styles of coats as long as they are warm winter coats— no fleece or softshell type jackets, please. They outfit toddlers to teens, so all sizes, including adult sizes, are appreciated.
Ingathering for Pilgrim Church in Dorchester
Sunday, November 18
For many years our church has supported the food-related ministries of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Dorchester. In addition to their Wednesday food pantry, volunteers prepare and serve lunch for the needy every Saturday on the Boston Common and at Pilgrim Church in Dorchester. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving we have a special collection for items used in their Saturday lunch programs. Needed items to bring on November 18 are: coffee, cocoa, powdered creamer, sugar, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, spices, #10 cans of food, large bags of rice, disposable 9” plates, 8 oz hot cups, 12 oz soup bowls, napkins, utensils, foil, paper towels and storage bags.
Clothing and Toys Collection
November 25 - December 9
Every year our church responds to City Mission's appeal for gifts of new clothing and toys to stock its Christmas Shops. At these shops over 4,000 individuals are able to choose Christmas gifts for free for their families. Especially needed are sweaters, socks, gloves, mittens, hoodies, and children’s toys. Every gift we give will surprise its recipient. Collection boxes will be placed in the narthex to receive your contributions from November 25th to December 9th. Children are invited to bring their gifts to the Christmas Party after worship on December 9th and give them to Santa. Santa just might give them a gift in return!
And, as always:
Food Pantry Collections
November 4 and December 2
On the first Sunday of each month, we will continue to collect canned goods and dry food items for our two local food pantries in Belmont and Watertown. Both pantries have specific needs, which are posted on the Mission & Outreach board near the church office. The Watertown Food Pantry will receive the offering in November, as the Belmont Food Pantry is currently looking for a new home.
Let us give to these collections with generosity and joyful appreciation for the work of City Mission, Pilgrim Church, and our local food pantries. The Mission and Outreach Committee thanks you for your support!