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One of the ways we encourage multi-generational service in our community is through Sharing Christmas. This initiative is one of those unique opportunities for the entire family to join together in service. For instance, parents have the opportunity take their children to the store to pick out gifts for other kids! Whether they select toys for kids their same age, or a different age, it allows our young ones to actively patriciate in being Christ-like servants to those in need. Our missions team collects all the gifts our families collect to ensure the toys make their way to the Christmas mall! This year we collected 7 vehicle loads full of toys for families in need.
Historically as a church family we collected toys and held a Christmas mall at our South Street location. This store offered an opportunity for those in need to purchase gifts at a discounted rate so that they could purchase toys with dignity for their kids. This year, we shifted from hosting a mall at our South Street location to partnering with Women of Hope and UP Orlando. These two organizations host a Christmas mall with the same intent as our mall downtown Orlando each year.
Because of your generous contributions, FUMCWP took part in the 117 bicycles, 2,500 toys, and $15,000+ in donations to support this effort during the holiday season. This is just one example of the many ways we reach out and make an impact in our local community.