Inspired by the life of Lib Minter
Don’t know what to get that person who has everything? In this difficult pandemic year, there’s no better gift than support for those in need. WPC’s annual Merry Market helps you give meaningful gifts rather than useless stuff by highlighting ten deserving non-profit organizations, both local and international. A description of each non-profit can be found below.
To pay for Merry Market purchases via REALM, click here.
To view the shopping list, click here.
To print Merry Market outer card for distribution, click here.
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/
Community First! Village is a 51-acre master-planned community in Austin that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. The single greatest cause of homelessness is a profound, catastrophic loss of family. This transformative residential program exists to provide support in a family-like atmosphere. For info: https://mlf.org/community-first/
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.
This year, your gift counts twice: a special matching grant will double your gift as part of JKR’s $400,000 “Light the Match” Campaign.
Malala Yousafzai stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban in her native Pakistan. Now 22 years old, she founded the fund to promote safe, quality education for girls all over the world. The fund reaches girls in Pakistan, Nigeria, Brazil, and refugees from Syria. Girls are aided with school supplies, clean water, health services, freedom, and safety from violence. https://www.malala.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. http://www.manosdecristo.org/
MEASURE seeks a better quality of life for members of underrepresented communities, especially people of color, in the Austin area. Using data and education, they mobilize communities to eliminate harmful social disparities in spheres such as public education, healthcare, and the criminal justice system. Recently, their work has highlighted the educational barriers faced by children of color, and especially Black girls, whom data has shown are perceived by adults as more knowing and less innocent by the age of 5. Gifts to MEASURE provide training and education both to the public and to researchers.
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 info: https://www.pchas.org/
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Working collaboratively with a variety of national and international partners, PDA focuses on long-term disaster recovery, provides disaster preparedness training for churches and community groups, and connects with other key organizations active in disaster response: the UN, World Food Program, Red Cross, FEMA, Action by Churches Together, and beyond. This year’s gifts will help those affected by wildfires, hurricanes, and COVID-19 pandemic. https://pda.pcusa.org/
St. 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. https://saintlouisehouse.org/
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
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!
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. https://trinitycdc.org/