What is Gift Hope, who is sponsoring it, and why is it being held?
This is a Christmas-time event to raise funds for 30 River Region nonprofits and to educate the community about the work these organizations do. The FUMC Church and Society work area has organized this one-stop shopping opportunity to purchase specified services in the name of individuals whom you wish to honor with a non-conventional gift. Rather than buying a new necktie or scarf for friends, family members, or co-workers, the “shopper” underwrites specific needs suggested by the non-profit(s) – for example, a week’s worth of hot meals for an elderly couple in need, medical supplies, or one night’s shelter for a homeless family. Gifts are available at a variety of price points from $5 to $50. You can also just give an undesignated personal donation to your favorite charity on the line labeled “Other.” In a very real sense, the gift you will give will be a GIFT OF HOPE!
The “shopper” receives a card and envelope to complete and give to the gift recipient announcing the gift/gifts in the recipient’s honor and the name and services of the non-profit. FUMC is offering this event as a witness to our Christian faith but any person who wishes to support these community organizations is welcome to participate. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than caring for each other in our community!
How can I shop and make donations?
You can participate in Gift Hope 2021 in two ways:
1. GIFT HOPE 2021 EVENT on December 4 from 10:00 till Noon
Come to the community event in Cloverdale Park across from the First United Methodist Church. At this event, you can visit with representatives from 30 organizations, see the displays of their programs and make your “purchases” You can take cards and envelopes to be completed by you later and also a printed description of the agency selected to enclose with your gift. While you fellowship and shop enjoy a cup of warm cider!
2. Online Shopping from November 21 through December 13
Visit the shopping page on this website. There are program descriptions and 45-second videos about each of the 30 organizations. “Gifts” can be purchased (donations made) online. Cards, envelopes, and printed descriptions of agencies selected will be mailed to you. You can also request to pick them up at the church. We are not responsible for slow mail delivery. Order early!
Financial Details: Is my donation tax-deductible?
The short answer is YES! 100% of your donation goes to your designated non-profit. The Church and Society Ministry Team of FUMC underwrites the entire administrative costs of Gift Hope as an expression of our faith and commitment to community service. These non-profits are also acting as the hands and feet of Christ’s work in our community.
Your donation is tax-deductible. For church members, it will appear on your financial account (even though the Church will forward the funds to the nonprofit). You may also use the duplicate Purchase Form at the event as tax documentation. The church and the agencies will also send tax deduction verification to you in January 2022.
Gift Hope is sponsored by the Church & Society Ministry Team at First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, Alabama.
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