Family to Family Christmas/Fostering Futures 2021

Family to FamilyAs we near the season of Advent and prepare to welcome the Christ child, we have two opportunities to make God’s love visible by helping local children and families during the Christmas season: Fostering Futures and Family to Family Christmas.

Fostering FamiliesFirst Pres initially partnered with Fostering Futures last year to provide holiday gifts to children in foster care, and this year we are committed to assisting forty children placed in foster homes throughout the region.  Fostering Futures is an Ann Arbor non-profit that provides foster care and adoption services to families throughout southeast Michigan. The agency maintains a vision of "Safe children and healthy families" and a mission "To provide a safe, healthy, informed and supportive environment where all people can grow and thrive." The holiday gift project for children in foster care is a wonderful annual event in which the agency partners with community members to ensure all children in the foster care and adoptive programs are blessed with gifts for the holidays.

The Family to Family Christmas program has been part of local at First Pres for 25 years, and matches local individuals and families in need referred by the Department of Health and Human Services with members and friends of First Presbyterian Church who wish to “adopt” them and provide gifts for Christmas. With up to 30% of residents in our county impacted by poverty, the Christmas season can be a difficult time for families not able to afford gifts for their children, food for Christmas dinner, or basic needs. Rising unemployment, isolation, and poverty rates during COVID have only increased the need for assistance. Our congregation has been generous in supporting this local mission, and like last year, we are committed to assisting 40-50 local families in need this advent season.

Please consider helping a foster child or a family in need this year yourself or with your family, group, or friends. Here’s how:

  • There is just one sign-up for both programs! Sign up online to request a family or foster child (or both!) to help. Once you sign up, you will receive more information on who you can help and what they need.
  • Helping a Fostering Futures foster child: Please purchase the gifts requested and deliver to church in a gift bag (but do not wrap items) by December 5.
  • Adopting a family through Family to Family: Contact your family, then shop and work with them to set a safe, contact-free delivery method. To deliver gifts you may:
    • Buy gifts online and ship to the family directly
    • Mail them gift cards
    • Buy gifts and arrange a date for contactless delivery (dropping gifts at the door)
    • Buy gifts, bring to church, and a volunteer will do contactless delivery
  • Want to help another way?  Financial contributions are welcome and will help purchase gift cards for any remaining needs. Or give your time and help deliver gifts to families on December 19.

You can make a difference this Christmas. Sign up at Family-to-Family Christmas and Fostering Futures Christmas 2021 on the First Pres website, or contact Julie Morrison at jdornmorrison@gmail.com or 646-5351. Thank you for sharing your Christmas blessings, and making God’s love visible to our neighbors at a time when it is appreciated more than ever.