When you choose to make a donation to one of the agencies in the market, you are actually giving “twice” — once to the agency that will receive the donation, and again, to the recipient of a meaningful gift.
The market will be open December 8–15, 2013, on Sunday mornings, during Christmas at Creekwood, “Messiah” and during the Live Nativity.
Here are a list of recipients included in this years gift market.
The Boyd Summer Lunch Program brings the churches of Allen together to help the students and families that live near Boyd Elementary have a healthy lunch during the summer months. Through this ministry the churches provide lunch for the families along with crafts, games, and fellow-ship. Boyd Elementary has 80% of their students on free or reduced lunches. These families would struggle during the summer months to provide nutritious meals for their children.
The United Methodist Church of Cameroon is an official Mission of the United Methodist Church. Creekwood partners with Bethany UMC in Yaoundé in support of its quest to spread God’s word in Cameroon through communications, donations, our covenant agreement, and mission trips. Mark your calendars… We will be taking a mission team to Cameroon in January 2015!
Family Promise of Collin County provides a way for religious congregations to work together to help homeless families. Each congregation participating in the network provides overnight lodging and meals for three to five families for one week every two or three months on a rotating basis. Our guests stay at the Student Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily. Each morning, guests are taken by van to a day center where they meet with the Network director, receive care for preschool children, look for housing and employment, or go out to school or work.
Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families fulfill their dreams of home ownership; however, this is not a giveaway-type program. Families must:
- meet qualifications
- go through a lengthy application process
- make mortgage payments
- invest hundreds of hours in labor
They provide decent, affordable homes to qualified families. These homeowners make a down payment and monthly mortgage payments. In addition, homeowners invest 300-500 hours of their own labor, called "sweat equity." These hours are spent building their new house and other Habitat houses.
Heifer International is a global nonprofit organization with a proven solution to ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Heifer helps empower millions of families to lift them out of poverty and hunger to self-reliance through gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training, which provide a multiplying source of food and income.
Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit, Christian organization, which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases, and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy!
Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. Millions of lives needlessly lost each year. A continent, entire nations…slipping away. Slipping through life’s precious net. Unless you hear the buzzing inside you. Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. Achieving this goal requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden.
Kairos Outside believes that the families of the incarcerated are "doing time" right along with their loved ones. Kairos Outside is designed to let those families know that there is a community that cares about them and their needs. The Weekend is a way to help strengthen the family unit and encourage small support groups for women whose relatives are at the same facility. We provide a secure place for women to share their struggles with each other and with those who are empathetic to their situations. The women on the outside, in many ways, have to be stronger than their relatives inside to survive in today's world. We hope Kairos Outside will help them find strength for their life journeys and give them a chance to find and build friendships within the Christian community that may last a lifetime.
Proyecto Abrigo (Project Shelter) was founded in 1996 by Jose Luis Portillo in Tierra Nueva, Mexico. Since then, thousands of team members have built cinder block houses for hundreds of families in the poorer communities outside of Juarez, Mexico. Team members have also assisted in funding, constructing and supporting a Medical and Dental Clinic for the families in this community.
UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to re-cover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to people within the United States, as well as internationally. These beneficiaries are seen as partners, not victims, and UMCOR works to empower them. Wherever possible, UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to ex-tend its reach.
Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Health kits, sewing kits, school kits, bedding kits, birthing kits, and cleaning buckets are collected by generous donors across the United States. Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives.