Caring Tree 2021
Every year during the Christmas season, Eastminster unites around the community to offer our love and support in the form of simple gift-giving. Our local schools and care facilities are in touch with some of our neighbors with great needs, and, through their services, we are able to connect our resources with the community’s needs. We call this the Caring Tree.
This year we are partnering with three wonderful organizations: Brockett Elementary, Mountain View Personal Care Home, and, for the first time, Friends of Refugees. At Brockett Elementary, we will provide gifts for 19 children. At Mountain View, we will provide clothes for 13 elderly residents. And through Friends of Refugees, we will support another elementary school in a variety of ways. You will find specific details for each opportunity below. We are excited to offer these opportunities to our congregation.
Brockett Elementary – Staff at the school has identified five families who have accepted participation in this ministry. These five families have a total of 19 children. With anticipated giving, we plan to give the parents a $50 Walmart gift card for each child for clothes and toys and a Kroger gift card for household needs. School staff will deliver the gift cards at school on Dec. 13th. Mary Ann Howard is serving as our church liaison. Please send in donations with the memo Caring Tree by Dec. 5th.
Mountain View Personal Care Home – There are 13 residents whom we will buy a new top, pants, and a small extra gift. Sally McMillan is serving as our church liaison. Please contact her directly, by Dec. 5th, for names and sizes: 404-713-2515 (cell). Gifts should be wrapped, labeled with the resident’s name, and dropped off at the church by Dec. 17th.
Friends of Refugees (FR) – FR is an established organization that serves our refugee neighbors in a broad diversity of ways. For the Christmas season, FR is partnering with Indian Creek Elementary to provide a low-cost Christmas store with new donated items for families to purchase affordable goods. Coats, sports equipment, art supplies, toys, games and educational items will be available. Prices will range from .50¢ to $6. The money raised through the store will supplement and enhance educational opportunities for students. Eastminster will give twenty-five percent of financial contributions made to the Caring Tree to FR for stocking the Christmas store. You can find more information and giving options on their website: www.friendsofrefugees.com/Christmas. Linda Redman is our church liaison: (678) 360-6942. Please contact her if you plan to give to FR directly instead of through the church. She will coordinate the delivery of items from EPC on December 14th to the Clarkston Community Center.
Thank you all for getting involved. We are thrilled to be sharing God's love in this most special season!