First Church has a long tradition of supporting the Holiday Gift Drive (a.k.a. Gifts to the Manger) program sponsored by DAYS Long Beach. We have always appreciated the opportunity to show our care and love to our dear neighbors. And, as you might imagine, 2020 is a year in which we need to show up in a big way for the children, youth, and families struggling to make ends meet in the neighborhoods around our church. We have streamlined the Holiday Gift Drive program to make it so you can shop online and safely deliver your donations – curbside delivery style – outside the Kilsby Courtyard on the Sunday afternoons that bookend Thanksgiving.
This link will take you to an online sign-up sheet that lists all of our desired donations. Please note that as part of our efforts to streamline this year’s program, DAYS is seeking specific items for specific young people (i.e., no random toys, books, supplies), and we are not collecting any food. We are very excited to be able to tailor the gifts received by the age and interests of the children and youth. But that means that we are asking you to please purchase items from this online sign-up sheet. Donations will be due by November 29 in order to enable volunteer families to finish all the wrapping in their homes. You’ll find additional information at the link, and information about volunteer opportunities will be forthcoming in next week’s edition of The Pilgrim.