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December 2020

 

Without a doubt, this Christmas will be different than any we have ever experienced. The reality of COVID-19 is that much of its devastation has fallen disproportionately on the less fortunate. The four recipients of this year’s Christmas offering listed below have been particularly hard hit, presenting us with an even greater need and opportunity for assistance:


GRACE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI 

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and its people seem to be continuously afflicted by natural disasters, disease outbreak, poor governance, and political turmoil. Over 9,000 cases of COVID-19 infections have been diagnosed in the newest challenge being faced. Early childhood mortality remains very high. Grace Children’s Hospital continues to give vital service, treating and offering schooling to around 400 patients a day, and providing health services outreach to the surrounding community. HUMC continues as a Cornerstone Supporter of Grace Hospital for a 24th year.


DUPAGE PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

For 31 years, HUMC members have had hands-on mission service opportunities in the PADS Transitional (Overnight) Housing Program. This program has provided food and shelter for the homeless at multiple sites each night. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted this practice, posing new challenges. Lodging for a large number of clients is being provided in hotels; permanent housing has been secured for many others. In these new circumstances, HUMC is purchasing and delivering meals to clients in the hotels. The lodging costs are a big challenge for DuPage PADS as the number of guests is increasing significantly as the winter progresses.


KIDS ABOVE ALL (formerly CHILDSERV)  

This organization has been fulfilling its mission of helping children build better lives and achieve their potential since 1894. The human services agency provides community-based programs including early childhood education, foster care and adoption services, housing for formerly homeless youth, residential group homes, and trauma-informed counseling to children and families in Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Lake counties.


MYSI 

Founded in 1965, MYSI served over 300 abused, neglected, and abandoned youth in the Chicago area this year by providing shelter, mental health crisis intervention, and clinical therapeutic case management. MYSI also serves individuals with disabilities who are seeking to live and work as independently as possible. Our gifts help support MYSI’s mission to provide the programs and services that will enable vulnerable children and families to achieve their full potential.


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. You may mail your donations to the church office with "Christmas Appeal” noted in the memo, or please see below to donate directly and safely online. 


Dick Kingman

Missions Work Area


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