Right about this time each year, we start thinking about Christmas shopping. What is the perfect gift for Dad? Can I get my college-age niece something meaningful that she’ll actually like? Should I just get my siblings custom-made masks this year?
Eastminster has some suggestions for you.
This year, instead of haunting the malls where crowds might gather, join us for 12 days of meaningful giving.
The EPC Mission Team has put together a list of 12 organizations you can consider giving to either in your name or as a donation on someone else’s behalf rather than giving them a gift. In a year when so many are struggling, it is part of our attempt to live out our call to follow Christ.
The 12 Days of Giving is modeled on alternative gift fairs or markets that many churches hold this time of year. Because of COVID, the team wanted to figure out how to do it virtually so that you can give from home in different ways.
Eastminster has ties to all of these 12 organizations (15 if you count the one day that has four suggestions). Some, like Advent House, we volunteer at in non-pandemic times and have been donating to all year. Others we have a close-knit relationship with such as UKirk, led by Neil Myer.
All of them are organizations that are doing good work in our community and world. Consider this your guide to 12 days of giving to God’s work.
Click on the links below for each day of giving, Dec. 1 to Dec. 12 to learn more about the organization and how to give.
December 1: UKirk at MSU
December 2: Refugee Services in Lansing:
- Refugee Development Center
- St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services
- Global Institute of Lansing
December 3: Haven House
December 4: Christian Services and the Love Clothing Center
December 5: Greater Lansing Food Bank
December 6: Advent House
December 7: PCUSA MIssion Co-Workers
December 8: Heifer International
December 9: Presbyterian Alternative Giving Catalog
December 10: Access to Justice
December 11: Habitat for Humanity
December 12: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance