Inspired by the life of Lib Minter
WPC’s annual Merry Market is an open “market” where you can learn about local and international charitable organizations and make donations in support of them to give as gifts. Some of our past participants include:
Casa Marianella welcomes immigrants from around the world by providing shelter, access to legal and medical resources, food, clothing, English classes, and more. Located in Austin, Casa Marianella was established in 1986 and shelters an average of 325 individuals annually. WPC is currently sponsoring an asylum-seeking family through Casa Marianella.
For more info: https://www.casamarianella.org/
The Other Ones Foundation
The Other Ones Foundation is a nonprofit that offers humanitarian aid, case management, and extremely low-barrier work opportunities to people experiencing homelessness in Austin, TX.
For more info: https://toofound.org/
Healthcare Projects in Zambia
Melissa Johnson works with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Zambia Synod, to improve access to healthcare in Lundazi, Zambia. Your support helps CCAP’s health department provide girls with period products and reproductive health education so they can spend more days in school. Gifts also support the completion of CCAP’s long-awaited rural health clinic.
For more info: https://wpcaustin.org/zambia/
John Knox Ranch
John Knox Ranch creates space for people of all ages to connect to God, creation, and one another. Generations of children have experienced the joys of swimming in the blue hole and sleeping under the stars as campers, while young adults have grown into church and community leaders as staff members. Your gift helps to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the natural beauty and loving community of John Knox Ranch.
For more info: https://johnknoxranch.org/
Manos de Cristo
Manos de Cristo promotes dignity and self-reliance for low-income Austinites by meeting basic human needs for food and clothing, providing affordable dental care, and offering after-school programs, adult education classes, and job training. Manos de Cristo serves over 25,000 individuals each year.
For more info: http://www.manosdecristo.org/
Puentes de Cristo
Puentes de Cristo is a Presbyterian organization that works to address health disparities and compassionately serve people who are hungry, oppressed, and poor. In partnership with Texas A&M University, Puentes de Cristo serves in Hidalgo County Colonias (neighborhoods), providing health education, coordination of health care services for pregnant women, and food to help address food insecurity. Their community partner, Border Missions, provides food for the families they serve.
For more info: https://puentesdecristo.org/
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services provides Christ-centered care to families in need, ensuring that adults achieve self-sufficiency and children are placed into loving, permanent homes. PCHAS helps children heal from trauma so they can build healthy relationships, succeed in education, and discover their own world of opportunities and possibilities.
For more info: https://www.pchas.org/
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Working collaboratively with a variety of national and international partners, PDA cares for communities affected by crisis and catastrophe, as well as helping churches and other local organizations improve their disaster preparedness. This winter, PDA is responding to recent hurricanes and earthquakes and supporting Afghan refugees being resettled in the United States.
For more info: https://pda.pcusa.org/
Saint Louise House
Saint Louise House empowers women and their children to overcome homelessness for generations to come. It serves women-led families who need more time and support than shelters can provide, but who do not qualify for other programs. It breaks the cycle of poverty for two generations by providing mothers and children with a safe, stable home and highly-individualized supportive services needed to move to healthy, independent lives.
For more info: https://saintlouisehouse.org/
Trinity Child Development Center
The Mission of Trinity Child Development Center is to provide quality, affordable early care and education to children within an economically and ethnically diverse community. They strive to provide stability and support to the children in their care and to their families, so that together they can truly impact future generations. TCDC purposefully focuses on the developmental levels and needs of young children. They recognize the essential connection between social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language, creative and spiritual development as parts of each individual. They honor and celebrate diversity and uniqueness of each individual, and plan for differences in abilities, interests, learning styles and experience.
For more info: https://trinitycdc.org/
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Austin Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The mission and vision of Austin Habitat for Humanity are anchored around our dedication to ending the cycle of poverty housing and the deeply held belief that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. At Merry Market, WPC is providing handmade dining tables for Habitat for Humanity.
State Supported Living Annual Christmas Party
Each Christmas season, it is a Westminster Presbyterian Church tradition to host a Christmas Party for two resident homes at the Austin State Supported Living Center (AuSSLC), our neighbors across Exposition Boulevard. We bring gifts for the residents, serve food, and have a good time visiting and sharing during the Christmas season. Each year the party is scheduled in mid-December, usually from 6-8 p.m. on a weeknight.
This year, because of the pandemic, we will still provide gifts and food, but we will not be able to host the party, as volunteers are not able to visit. But, the staff at AuSSLC still need our support to provide residents with a special holiday season. This year instead of hosting a party on campus they are asking us to deliver gifts and party supplies to the AuSSLC and the homes will celebrate with their party when they are able. They are calling this effort the “Holiday In-A-Box” program.
Usually there is a sign-up table at the Merry Market, but this year we need gift-givers to sign up online.
It is great if families want to participate. Signing up to give gifts to a resident can be a fun family exercise. Children can help parents pick out the gifts, shop, then wrap for gift-giving.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR GIFT-GIVING TO RESIDENTS OF THE AUSTIN STATE SCHOOL
- Please give all the gifts requested, if possible, and try to individually wrap each gift.
- Please put all gifts in ONE wrapped box or gift bag. Securely fasten name tags to each gift.
- New gifts please.
- If unsure about the size, please enclose the tags so the gift can be exchanged.
- Remember that this may be the only Christmas for your resident.
You may drop off your wrapped gifts at WPC Fellowship Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on: Thurs., Dec. 3; Fri., Dec. 4; or Thurs., Dec. 10
Deadline for gifts to be wrapped and dropped off at the church: December 10
Click here to view the gift list and sign up to provide the gifts for a resident
Please contact Randy Cain with any questions or to sign up to provide a party for another AuSSLC resident home.
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS AT THE AUSTIN STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTER!