christmas appeal 2021


December 2021

Dear HUMC Members and Friends, 

Another year has zoomed by, and Christmas is before us once again.  COVID has not gone away and continues to exact a far greater toll on the less fortunate of the world. The four recipients of this year’s Christmas offering continue to be hard hit, presenting us with an even greater need and opportunity to provide assistance. 

So far this year, a devasting earthquake; a hurricane; the President murdered; street gangs controlling the capital amid an epidemic of kidnappings for ransom; - all in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  Its people seem to be continuously afflicted by natural disasters, disease outbreaks, poor governance, and political turmoil.  A desperately low 1% of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  Haiti has the highest rate of TB infections in the hemisphere, including drug-resistant variants.  Early childhood mortality remains very high.  Grace Children’s Hospital continues to give vital service, treating and offering schooling to thousands of children annually, and providing health services outreach to the surrounding community.  HUMC is proud to be a Cornerstone Supporter of Grace Hospital for a 25th year.

PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
For 32 years HUMC members have served in the PADS Transitional Housing Program that provided food and shelter for homeless persons at multiple sites each night.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced a change in this model.  Lodging for a large number of clients has been provided in hotels,  and permanent housing has been secured for many others.  This obviated the need for clients to find their way between different sites each night.  The enhanced stability has proven to be very beneficial to the well being of the clients.  Consequently, DuPage PADS has now invested in the purchase of the Red Roof Inn, Downers Grove, as a permanent location for its transitional housing clients.  In these new circumstances, HUMC volunteers deliver meals to clients in the hotel, and will provide weekly staffing for an on-site resource room.

This Methodist affiliated child welfare agency of 127 years upholds its mission of placing the safety, well being, and education of all kids above everything else. They believe all children deserve the same opportunity to reach their full potential.  In 2021, 2,541 kids’ lives were impacted by the multi-disciplinary programs and quality, trauma informed therapy, and services required to build better lives for kids.  Clients ages 0 to 24 in Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Lake Counties continue to experience success each year because of the generosity of United Methodist mission partners.

Our congregation has a long history of supporting the mission of MYSI (formerly Methodist Youth Services), including serving on the board.  Since 1965, this non-profit, human service agency has strengthened lives, provided help, and created hope to children, seniors, and families within the communities of Cook County and its bordering suburbs.  MYSI operates several facilities 24/7, 365 days per year.  It provides outpatient mental health services, clinical case management, and residential shelter care for over 150 participants annually.  Its program services benefit all individuals who are seeking to live and work as independently as possible.

May the true spirit of Christmas be in your heart as you consider supporting these Mission projects that are a part of our Rainbow Covenant commitment this year. Your support of these mission projects is greatly appreciated. We take this opportunity to wish you and your family an especially meaningful Christmas.

Dick Kingman
Missions Work Area

Donations may be mailed to the church office with “Christmas Appeal” noted on the memo line, or please visit our website through the button below to donate directly and safely online. When donating online, select "Special Offering" and then select "Christmas Offering".

Dick Kingman

Missions Work Area