The annual Giving Tree project begins this Sunday, November 18. This TCCServes project started in 2014 with TCC adopting numerous members of the Riverside Developmentally Disabled community. Every year the TCC family has been able to provide Christmas gifts to many individuals, with that number increasing each year. Last year we provided gifts to over 30 people, and we hope to give even more this year.
Riverside provides us with a list of gift requests consisting of two wants and two needs from each individual they have selected. As the gift requests start to pour in, I am humbled by many of the requests. Each year in the category of “wants” there are requests made for socks, underwear, dish towels, soap and the like. Items that I quite honestly view more as basic needs rather than wishes, wants or desires. For the people we serve through the Giving Tree Project; however, these items are much desired. The Giving Tree project is ideal for TCC in that we have the opportunity to simply love others well. We may never meet or know the person who receives our purchased gift, and that’s what I love about this project! It provides us with the opportunity to give a gift, express God’s love in an unconditional and straightforward manner. The gifts that our congregation have provided in years past have truly brought joy to many individuals.
Gift request tags are available this Sunday, November 18. Take a moment before or after service to select a tag from one of the trees located on the sanctuary stage. You are welcome to take as many tags as you wish. We ask that you make one of the attendants know which gift request you are going to fulfill. All gift tag requests need to be purchased, wrapped and returned by Sunday, December 16.