This year, First United Methodist Church again celebrated with our Alternative Christmas gift giving. In lieu of traditional gifts, Church Members were encouraged to make donations to worthy causes in Portland and around the world. When doing so, they received donation recognition cards to put under the tree for those in whose names the cash gifts were made.
The organizations receiving funds this year were:
- • Macdonald Center; Portland
- • Goose Hollow Family Shelter
- • Grassroots International Brazil Organic Agriculture
- • Oregon Interfaith Power & Light
- • United Methodist Ebola Response
- • Church World Service Blankets
- • United Methodist Birthing Kits
When all was said and done, we raised $4,818 in donations to help these worthy organizations. Just another example of how at First Church, we think “outside the box” – in this case, gift boxes – in finding ways to give support to those whose needs are so much greater than our own.