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Image result for toyboxOnce again, Grosse Pointe Congregational Church will partner with Trinity-St. Mark’s UCC in Southwest Detroit to provide new toys and games for families that need assistance providing Christmas gifts for their children. Let’s help spread Christmas joy!

Fifteen years ago, members of Trinity-St. Mark’s provided a toy “store” for 3 families who could not afford Christmas gifts for their children. Last year gifts from our congregation along with those from other churches and businesses helped over100 families in Southwest Detroit provide Christmas gifts to their children.

Trinity-St. Mark’s works with the teachers at Bennett Elementary School to identify families that will need help over the holidays. Letters are sent to those families who then make an appointment to shop on a specific day.

Here is where GPCC can help: We are asking church members to purchase new toys, games, books, craft projects, outdoor toys, etc., for children ages preschool through 12 years. Then, deliver the gifts to church, unwrapped, by Sunday, December 16. Yes, unwrapped! Simply purchase and bring to church. Leaving the toys unwrapped allows the parents who shop at the event to choose (and wrap) the gifts they know their children will like and to keep the surprise until Christmas morning.

There are 3 ways members of Grosse Pointe Congregational Church can participate:

  1. Purchase toys, games, craft projects and books for children preschool through 12 years and deliver, unwrapped, to our church by 11am on Sunday December 16.
  2. Contribute financially. Shopping is done by church store staff at the last minute to assure there is a balance of toys. Place donations in yellow or blue envelope by Sunday, December 16, and mark “Christmas Toy Box Project.”
  3. Volunteer to assist with the delivery of our toys directly after worship on Sunday Dec 16. A sign-up will be posted outside the church office.

We look forward to our church’s active and generous participation in the Toy Box Project. Thank you.