Christmas Giving Opportunities
Below you will find information about our Outreach Partners we work with during the Christmas season. Thank you!
Second Harvest Food Drive
VPC has launched our 2019 holiday food drive to benefit those in need in our community.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, our Outreach Partner, was founded in 1974 and is one of the largest food banks in the country, providing nutritious food every month to more than a quarter-million people in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. More than half the people served are kids and seniors.
Donations of nonperishable foods are being collected from Nov. 7 thru Dec. 19th, 2019, in food barrels outside the sanctuary of Valley Presbyterian Church.
Most-needed food items include:
canned food with pop-top lids, including ...
tuna, salmon, or chicken
fruit in its own juice or water
soup, stew, or chili
low-sugar whole grain cereals
nutritious snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)
canola or olive oil
spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends)
Please help us reach our goal of filling three food barrels this holiday season.
Donations of funds are also greatly appreciated.
With a $1 donation, Second Harvest can source the equivalent of $3 worth of food from a grocery store. (95 cents of every dollar goes to Second Harvest programs.)
Even better than a single donation, please consider a monthly pledge, which helps you to know you’re continuing to share with those in need.
All donations will help make a difference and provide hope for our neighbors in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Questions? Ted Meeker.
Signups Begin Sunday, November 17, 2019
VPC will once again partner with the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara to provide Christmas gifts for youngsters and caregivers in foster care. These usually are the only Christmas gifts they will receive. Individual profiles and wish lists will be available after worship on Nov 17. Many times, young people ask for practical items they need, such as clothing instead of toys.
Gifts for each person should total $200. Unwrapped gifts, tagged with the individual's profile sheet, should be brought to church by Dec 8. Or you can donate via check made out to the Bill Wilson Center, and they will use that to buy gifts for anyone not adopted by Dec. 10.
If you want to know more, contact Anita Wotiz.
Signups Begin Sunday, November 17, 2019
New to VPC this year is a way to show support for 10 students at San Jose State University who are housed in an Episcopal Campus Ministry program that gives otherwise homeless students a stable place to live while attending SJSU.
This program was brought to VPC by Mary Jo Alderson, who meets regularly with Rev. Crowe to pray with the students. These students are all the first generation of college students in their families and wish to become “change agents” in their communities.
You may “adopt” a student by donating $100 (checks made out to VPC) and writing a note of encouragement to them. The money will be used to purchase $100 Spartan Gold Point cards, which will be given to the student with your greeting card. These can be used on campus in the bookstore, food court, library, printer, parking garage, etc. Anita Wotiz and Mickie Anderson will have profiles of these students available after worship on Nov 17 and 24. Checks and greeting cards are due back by Dec. 8. Please contact Anita Wotiz with any questions.
The Angel Giving Tree
Signups Begin Sunday, November 24, 2019
Starting the Sunday before Thanksgiving, you can pick an ornament off the annual Angel Tree at church and make this a very special Christmas for children served by the St. Francis Center in Redwood City. Each ornament contains the needs and wants of a child.
These gifts should be in the $20 to $50 range. Unwrapped gifts, tagged with the child's ornament, are due back by Dec 10. The St. Francis Center helps working poor families with housing, food, clothing and education.
Have questions? Emily Walling will help.
Alternative Christmas Tables
Available on December 1, 8, and 15, 2019
Donate to our VPC Outreach Partners in honor of family, friends or co-workers on your shopping list and then give them a card that explains how the gift will be used:
Donate to All Five School, a VPC Outreach Partner, on Dec. 1, 8, or 15, and receive a card that recognizes your donation. This year, these donations to All Five will be used to continue the wonderful work that our own Barbary Grant does with these kids, teaching them music and rhythm.
Donate on Dec. 8 or 15 to help defray the travel expenses of a VPC traveler to our Dominican Republic Outreach Partner, Yspaniola, in February, 2020.