Christmas Outreach Opportunities

Trinity provides big and small ways to reach out to others during the Christmas season. Please consider participating in one or more activity during Advent.

Christmas at TrinityGifts of Donations

WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger)

This year’s gift giving program is for WINGS.  It is a local program offering services to homeless and abused women and their children in the north and northwest suburbs.  Names will be avail-able Sunday November 24th and gifts need to be at church by 10:30 a.m. on Sunday December 8th.

If you choose not to buy for an individual, WINGS needs donations all year long.  Items can be placed in the blue WINGS bin in the narthex.  They are currently in critical need of the following:  toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, laundry detergent, dish detergent, 33 gallon garbage bags, dia-pers (size 3-6) and baby wipes.  A list of other items is on the table.  Our Trinity youth volunteer across the street at the WINGS donation center almost every Friday afternoon.

Do you have extra Christmas wrapping paper or medium to large size gift bags? The holiday gift giving program at WINGS requests that presents not be  wrapped.  Volunteers will be wrapping the gifts at a warehouse in Mt. Prospect  from December 9 – 21.  If you are interested in wrapping, contact Lois Spillar @ 847-398-4838 for more information.  Wrapping paper and gift bags can be put in the marked white bag in the narthex between now and Dec. 9th.

Food Pantry

Our local food pantries are in need of food to help families that are experiencing hard times.  Bring can goods and non-perishable items and place them in the food pantry bin in the narthex.

charlie-brown-christmas-tree1Warming Tree

Decorate the tree with pairs of white socks for homeless adults.  Many of our PADS guests walk miles each day from one site to another. We are also collecting warm hats and mittens for needy children.

MANNA

Order grocery, drug store or gas gift cards from our MANNA program and specify that they be given to people in need in our community.  The next order date is December 1st.

Heifer International

Heifer International gift cards are available for purchase.  These photo cards are a great gift for anyone, but especially for those who are “hard to buy for”.  Gift donations start in price from $20 for a flock of chicks.  Recipients of the animals, around the world, “pass on the gift” by donating one or more of their animal’s offspring to another family in need.  If you’d like to buy a Heifer card, call Debbie Watson @847-259-3618.

Backpack Ministry

There are students in our local schools who are hungry on weekends.  Be part of the Backpack Ministry and donate items they can take home on the weekend.  Check out the display in the narthex.

Journeys – The Road Home

A wish list for items needed for the homeless is on the table in the narthex.

Gifts of Time & Service

PADS 

Consider volunteering once or twice this year or as much as once a month.  There is a critical need for 2nd and 3rd shift on Friday nights.  The sign up book is in the narthex each Sunday or con-tact Charlotte Sneed-McCall @815-719-1347.

Feed My Starving Children LogoFeed My Starving Children (FMSC)

Food is presently being packed for the Philippines and other places in the world where children are starving.  In November, Trinity was part of a group that packed enough meals to feed 32 chil-dren for a whole year.  The next scheduled packing event is December 10th at 6 p.m.  Sign up in the narthex.

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