Church’s Generosity with Adult Gift Drive Shares “Blessings of Christmas with those who need it most”
This is the sixteenth year that our congregation has partnered with the state agency that cares for aging and disabled adults to provide gifts at Christmas time. Thanks to all of you who participated in making this First Church tradition such a huge success. The generosity of our church members and friends provided gifts to over 130 individuals who are in the care of the state and would otherwise have been without gifts this holiday season.
As always, those who gave us “wish lists” are all adults who cannot care for themselves independently and do not have families capable of helping them. Caseworkers shared their thanks to the Church on behalf of their client saying, “With childlike hearts, our clients patiently wait for their Christmas deliveries. Their eyes are large and their smiles say it all.”
Another shared, “Y’all are fantastic and this year was no different. With Christmas on a Monday this year, it seemed to be upon us early. However, due to the generosity of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and its members, we were able to get all the presents delivered before Christmas. It really is a team effort and your church is a huge part of that team. We delivered presents from Johnson County to Fannin County and everywhere in between. So many of our clients are intellectually disabled and while they are adults, many are very childlike with below average IQ’s. I delivered presents to a client in his mid-20’s who was not home when I arrived. House staff called me later to report that my client thought Santa had come early just to deliver his gifts! This really is a highlight of the season for so many of our clients, most of whom have no family and spend their Christmas with others who are a similar situation. We are so thankful to have the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and its members to be such a committed and dedicated part of our team.”
Thank you to everyone who helped with the gift drive this year – we will be back again next year providing some holiday cheer for these sometimes forgotten members of our community!