Church & Society offers an Alternative Gift Giving Catalog with ideas of how to say “I volunteered/donated in honor of you” this Christmas season. Printed copies are available in the church office or at the welcome center.
Christmas 2019 Gift-Giving Catalog
Sharing Your Faith
Let the spirit of Christmas fill your heart as you review this gift catalog, prepared by the Church and Society Committee. Many opportunities are included for you to minister to “the least of our brethren” – with your time, talent, and treasures. Let this be your gift unto Him.
Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church, 9601 Hubbard, Livonia, MI 48150 734-422-0494
Share Your Gifts
Forgotten Harvest collects perishable food from various donors and distributes it to local social service agencies. Join your church family in growing and donating food or make a cash donation. For more information, visit their website at www.forgottenharvest.org.
Fort Street Presbyterian Church Open Door provides clothing and hygiene packs for the homeless. Place contributions in the Fort Street boxes located outside of the Chapel. The Deacons volunteer on the first Thursday of every month to help serve a hearty meal to over 400 homeless people. Contact the Deacons if you would like to make this trip. For more information, go to www.fortstreet.org or call 313-961-4533.
Redford Interfaith wants to end hunger and poverty in the Redford Community. Individuals and families in need are referred by their neighborhood member churches and are provided assistance through emergency food and clothing programs. To volunteer time, bring food and clothing donations, or send cash donations, call 313-387-9802, or visit www.RedfordInterfaithRelief.org.
Share Your Wealth
Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) advocates for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness. Your gift provides emergency shelter, meals, transitional and permanent housing, childcare, job counseling and placement, adult education, and parenting classes. To donate, call 313-831-3777, or donate online at www.cotsdetroit.org.
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries provides evidence-based programs that end homelessness, promote sobriety and help individuals of all ages to be productive members of the community. Donate online at www.drmm.org.
Free Wheelchair Mission – Over 100 million disabled poor adults and children in developing countries dream of a wheelchair. For $77.91 you can give the gift of mobility. To donate, send your check to Free Wheelchair Mission, Dept 921, P.O. Box 52001, Phoenix, AZ 85072, call 949-273-8470, or visit www.freewheelchairmission.org.
Gleaners Community Food Bank distributes food each year to soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in southeastern Michigan where 1 in 7 people struggle with hunger. Donate online at www.gcfb.org or call 866-GLEANER.
Livonia Cares RGPC is a member of LIVONIA CARES, a group of local churches and agencies, which addresses the poverty issues in our community. The Livonia Cares Assistance Program provides heating assistance, prevents utility shut-offs, and protects homeless citizens. Donations can be sent to The Salvation Army-Dearborn Heights Citadel, c/o Colleen Dahl, 26700 Warren Road, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127. Make checks payable to: The Salvation Army and on the memo line write: LIVONIA CARES.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is currently responding to disasters in the United States and many other parts of the world. Send your check to Presbyterian Church (USA), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700, or call 800-872-4283, or contribute online at www.pcusa.org/pda.
RGPC Ministries help people in our congregation and in our community. Assistance includes emergency Gas and Food Cards, the Stephen Ministry, the Bus Ministry, and Deacons. The Deacons spend over $1,000 each holiday to provide bread, milk, meat and fresh produce for food baskets in addition to the non-perishable items donated by our congregation.
RGPC Presbyterian Women support a number of local and worldwide missions, including Needle’s Eye, Starfish Family Services, overseas hospitals, and many more. To help this incredible mission continue, make a check payable to RGPC, designated to Presbyterian Women, or donate on Pushpay.
RGPC High School Youth Group will be going on a mission trip in June. Donations toward this mission trip will be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to RGPC, designated for High School Caravan, or donate on Pushpay.
St. Edith Christian Service Food Pantry provides food baskets year-round to families in need. Send contributions to St. Edith Christian Service, 15089 Newburgh, Livonia, MI 48154. For more information, call Toni Sheffield at 734-464-1222, ext. 309, or visit www.stedith.org.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing low cost Braille books for blind children. To donate, log onto www.seedlings.org or call 800-777-8552.
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the largest pediatric cancer research center in the world. No child is ever turned away because the family can’t afford the treatment. To donate, visit www.stjude.org.
Share Your Time
American Red Cross is always looking for blood donations to meet the daily needs of patients in area hospitals and the special needs of disaster victims. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543) to schedule your appointment to donate. Or visit www.redcross.org to learn about other ways to contribute.
Freedom House is a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal shelter in the United States and Canada. Food, shelter, clothing, legal services, health care, translators, drivers, job & career mentoring, and recreational activities are provided. To find out how you can help, call 313-964-4320, or visit www.freedomhousedetroit.org.
Focus: HOPE pledges intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. They focus on building a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection. You can volunteer for a variety of projects – from boarding up abandoned homes, to building a school playscape, to delivering food to senior citizens. Call Volunteer and Community Outreach at 313-494-5500 or visit www.focushope.edu.
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit helps immigrants learn English, become citizens, assimilate into their new communities, and learn to understand each other’s culture. Learn how you can help by calling 313-871-8600 or visit www.iimd.org.
Heifer Project – Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity through “Passing of the Gift.” Families receive training and livestock and pass on their livestock’s first female offspring to another family. To donate to this worthy cause, call 855-948-6437 or visit www.heifer.org.
Mission: Math is a continuing program at Grant Elementary School, sponsored by Church & Society Committee. Volunteer to work with students, one-on-one, using flash cards to help students learn their basic math facts. Call Judy Culler at 313-533-4447 if you would like to become a regular or substitute volunteer in this worthwhile program and help our neighborhood children excel in math.
Pro-Literacy-Detroit believes that every resident of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck should have the opportunity to be an informed citizen, a supportive and involved parent, a viable employee, and a lifelong learner.
To find out how you can become a volunteer, call 313-926-6678 or visit www.proliteracydetroit.org.