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Each year during the Advent Season children and families get caught up in the excitement and anticipation of Christmas. For most it will be a time of celebrating the coming of our Messiah and King. It will be celebrated with lots of friends and family, fellowship, food, fun and gifts. For others it will be a painful reminder of just how hard life can be. The “Christmas Wish” gift program provides toys, clothing and other Christmas gifts to children who otherwise might not receive any Christmas gifts.
Applications for “A Christmas Wish” began on November 2nd, and end on November 20th, 2020. This program is open to children ages newborn thru 18 years old; and, both the children and their parents must live in Scotland County. Parents are asked to list one or two items on each child’s wish list. Please be considerate on the items you list and keep them within a reasonable price range. Wish list items may include dolls, matchbox cars, DVD movies, clothing (with specific sizes), books, blanket, etc. Applications will be available at: Head Start; Dani Fromm, Scotland R-1 Elementary Counselor’s office, Melissa Hamm, Scotland County R-1 High School Counselor’s Office, and the Memphis United Methodist Church. Applications must be returned no later than 3pm on Friday, November 20th. Late entries will not be accepted.
“A Christmas Wish” Gift Tags will be available for filling from November 18th to December 2nd. If your family or organization would like to adopt a child/family, you can contact Lori Fulk or Pastor Mary Lou Toft at the United Methodist Church (660-465-8935 or [email protected]) and Tags can be sent directly to you. You will also be able to pick up adopt a child tags at the United Methodist Church.
If you wish to provide gifts for a child, simply follow this 4-step process:
1. Request tags be sent to you or pick up a tag at the location listed above.
2. Fill out the tear-off portion of the Tag and leave it with the staff at the United Methodist Church.
3. Purchase gifts ($25 – $50 per child, please).
4. Leave gifts unwrapped, attach your portion of the “Christmas Wish” Tag securely with the gifts, and return gifts to the United Methodist Church no later than December 2nd.
If you would like to make a purchase and have one of the organizers assign it to a child, you may buy items at Dollar General and leave them in the receptacle at the store. Additionally, you can purchase Gift Cards to supply adopted families with a holiday meal at J’s Foods and leave them at the store for later pick up. You can also support this program with a monetary gift. Donations can be left at the Community Bank (on the Square) and will be deposited directly into the “A Christmas Wish” account. Donations allow us to meet the needs of those who have not been adopted prior to Dec. 2nd.
Parents are responsible for picking up the gifts. Gift pick up this year will be at the United Methodist Church. This year’s pick up will be Tuesday, December 8th, between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. If gifts haven’t been picked up by 6:00 pm, they will be donated to another program. We will bring the gifts to your car this year, so you need to have your child’s assigned number/numbers with you.
We, at Memphis United Methodist Church, look forward to serving the Community and the Scotland County area in this way. We hope and pray that you will find it in your hearts to continue to support the “Christmas Wish” program and add a little joy to someone else’s Christmas through your love, prayers and generosity. Please call and arrange to pick up “A Christmas Wish” Tag and give someone a brighter holiday.
For more information contact the Memphis United Methodist Church at 660-465-8935/[email protected]