Holiday Challenge 2020

Holiday Challenge 2020

Serving is an integral part of living as a follower of Jesus Christ. Our annual Holiday Challenge invites us to be the hands and heart of God in the world even when our folks around us are focused on self-indulgence.

Check out the information below to find the right opportunity for you to serve. The events are listed by start date, with our final collection ending on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24.

At FUMC Allen, we are a community that puts faith into action.

Military Support Group Stockings for Soldiers
October 18 – November 8 2020

Volunteers collect items for our annual Stockings for Soldiers campaign and on Sunday, November 8, at 12:00, we will be stuff the stockings in our gym. We also welcome Christmas cards for our military members created by our children. We can send stockings to your military loved one if you provide the name and address by November 2. For more information, contact project coordinator Debbie Wilson, ddwhammer@yahoo.com.

All Community Outreach Holiday Food Drive
November 2-13 2020

During the holiday months, the need for assistance to families tends to increase.

In continuing to serve clients with dignity and give them the choice of what food they would like for their families, we are collecting critically needed food items for ACO. Clients will they be able to shop the pantry.

If you would like to donate food items, just bring them to our collection bin in the west entrance.

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Yams
  • Gravy (canned/dry packet)
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Stuffing/Dressing (stove top, etc.)
  • Sugar (up to 5 lbs)
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Bisquick
  • Cake Mix
  • Cooking oil (smaller bottles)

Kids Against Hunger
November 8 2020

We will assemble packages of highly nutritious vitamin-fortified meals that will be sent to children in Honduras as well as “Latin rice” packages that will feed folks locally as well as in areas impacted by hurricanes or other disasters. We need volunteers of all ages to help package.

Or you can make a donation to help feed the hungry. A $10 donation feeds 40 children while $50 buys a box of food. For more information, contact Sharon Brian, slb5050@yahoo.com or sign up to serve here.

Boyd Elementary Teacher Encouragement Project
November 8 – December 1 2020

All of our teachers and school staff are doing more this year than ever before and we want to express our care for those at Boyd Elementary. This has been a hard year to teach in-person and online, navigate a pandemic, care for students – basically walking across a bridge while building it.

We will be providing a catered staff luncheon in December as well as notes of prayer and encouragement for the 100 person team at Boyd. We will be collecting cards as well as small gifts (bath bombs, individually wrapped tea bags, hot chocolate bombs, gift cards, etc.) until Tuesday, Dec. 1.

If you have questions, contact Rev. Jessica Wright at jessicaw@fumc.allen.org.

Streetside Showers Collection

November 8-22

Led by our Sojourners Sunday School class, FUMC Allen is hosting a collection for Streetside Showers, a local organization that provides mobile hot showers and personal hygiene care to those in need. We are collecting new or gently used bath towels and wash cloths, new men’s briefs (all sizes), and new women’s bikini underwear (all sizes). Another need for the season is winter gloves.

A team of volunteers will  package the items and deliver to the corporate office in McKinney.  If you would like to help build the packages, contact  Burna Kennedy   b_hart12.ken@verizon.net  or 972.423.7763.

Red Cross Blood Drives

November 14 and December 18 2020

Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

Additionally, if you have already tested positive for the antibodies WE NEED YOU!!!

Simply put….whole blood donations made at any Red Cross blood drive could be helpful.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood now to help ensure coronavirus patients and others who depend on transfusions have needed blood products this fall.

A Goal for Allen: Soccer Gear for Send Hope

November 15 2020

Boy Scout Ryan Salas is giving back to the sport that has been a blessing in his life. For his Troop 328 Eagle project, he is collecting donated soccer gear and shipping them to the House of Hope in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, with the support of Send Hope. This project will benefit the young children of La Mosquita region who don’t have the equipment or gear to practice the sport that they love.

Salas is collecting serviceable soccer equipment including soccer nets, balls, cleats, shin guards, soccer uniforms, socks, soccer backpacks, gloves, and any other soccer related equipment. He’ll be at FUMC on Sunday, November 15, to collect your donations before and after Sunday services.

If you have any questions, contact Ryan Salas at salasryan3@gmail.com or call him at 972.898.4313.

Diapers for Baby Jesus

November 29 – December 24 2020

Every baby needs clean diapers. In Texas, an average monthly supply of diapers costs approximately $80. Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers. Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. Keeping infants and toddlers clean, dry, and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for children to reach their full potential. No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.

So, in honor of the birth of Jesus, the baby born to save us all, we will be collecting diapers, specifically sizes 3/4/5, to benefit The Samaritan Inn. This comprehensive homeless program provides housing as well as teaching self-sufficiency and life skills to meet the needs of individuals and families. We help willing people gain dignity and independence. On a given night, approximately 160 people sleep at the Inn, of which 1 out of 3 are children.

For more information, contact Rev. Jessica Wright at jessicaw@fumcallen.org

SEND HOPE Children’s CHRISTMAS gifts

November 29 – December 20 2020

Send Hope serves the people of the Moskito Coast of Honduras. Send Hope’s House of Hope is home to partially disabled, abused, neglected, and/or malnourished children. We need your help to shop for Christmas presents for the children served by Send Hope. Pick up a bag from the Christmas box at the west entrance and fill it with the Christmas gifts suggested. Return your full bag by Sunday, December 20.

For more information contact Tom Brian, atbdds@yahoo.com, or Marilyn Tucker, mmtucker@sbcglobal.net.

Toys for Tots Collin County

Collection through December 10 2020
Sorting December 12-15 2020
Distribution December 16 2020

This year we will be working with Toys for Tots Collin County and Allen Community Outreach to bring the joy of a new toy on Christmas to children in our community. Last year, 75,365 toys were distributed to 20,368 children in our county.

If you’re wondering what kind of toy would be welcome, please think about children you’ve known and buy what would be appropriate. Keep in mind, that Toys for Tots does serve preteens and teens, so some items for this age group could be sports equipment/bags/balls, books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watches, wallets, bath gift sets, board games, etc. Toys for Tots does not accept realistic looking weapons or gifts with food. A list of local donation points is available at https://collinco-tx.toysfortots.org/.

Allen Community Outreach will be partnering with Toys for Tots to sort and distribute the donations received. Our church is the sorting and distribution site!

Sorting will be December 12-15 with distribution on Wednesday, December 16. If you would like to help with ACO’s effort, sign up online at www.acocares.org/volunteer or contact Michelle Clough, mclough@acocares.org.