You are invited to participate in the 2023 MUMC Angel Tree. This is our 14th year running this program and partnering with local organizations to make an impact on the lives of families in our area. This year we are teaming up with Maker’s Place and Wesley UMC and Trenton.
We are also teaming up with the Medford Police for Operation Santa. For specific information on this program, please send an e-mail to [email protected] and we will send back the flyer with current availabilities. (We only have 15 of these, and they fill up fast).
Your gift may be the only gift that some of these children receive. Click on the menu under Learn More to get a better understanding of these important missions.
This year we have both physical and virtual opportunities to be an angel. You can visit the Angel Tree display in either the Family Life Center or the Sanctuary Narthex to choose a child to support, or you can sign up online to provide a gift. Continue reading to learn more!
To make a monetary donation to be used for gifts:
- CLICK HERE to proceed to PUSH PAY, our secure online giving system and make a donation to Angel Tree. Our Youth Group will use these funds to choose gifts for the children.
To sign up online (without pulling an angel from the tree):
- CLICK HERE to begin the gift selection process…but read the suggestions below first!
When taking an angel from the tree:
- Choose an angel for the age group(s) you would like to purchase
- On white section, write in your name, email, cell phone#, and how many angels you would like to purchase in this age group
- Place white angel in the box below the Christmas Tree
- Take colored angel with you.
- Return gift(s) to narthex or FLC no later than December 17, and attach colored angel with your name (or sticky note with your name) to the gift(s)
- Alternately, you can choose an angel with a QR code, and sign up directly online
Since we do not know at this time the exact ages and genders of the children we are serving, we are asking that we primarily buy gifts that would be appropriate for either gender. You may buy the gifts on your own, or you can go onto our Amazon Shopping List .
- Toys appropriate for either gender
- Don’t require batteries
- Require minimal adult supervision
- Easy to clean
- Can be played with independently or (possibly) with another person
- Worth approximately $25.00
- Blanket and small washable stuffed animal or infant toy
- Toddler appropriate toys, puzzles
- Duplos or toddler appropriate building toys
- Washable stuffed animals
- Building toys (legos, building blocks, etc…)
- Playdough and accessories
- Play sets that encourage imaginative play (sets with animals, vehicles, etc…)Age 8-10
- Craft and Science and play kits that require minimal adult supervision
- Building toys (legos, kinex, magnatiles, etc…)
Age 11 and up
- $25 gift certificates for Target or Walmart
The last day to return gifts to the church is Sunday, December 17th between 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Question? Visit our Angel FAQs. If the FAQs don’t help, drop us a note using the Angel Tree Contact Form or call the church office.
The Maker’s Place is a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to the city of Trenton. We are affiliated with A Future with Hope, and are members of the National Diaper Bank Network. We serve and partner with people of all faiths and none. Launched in July 2018 our vision is broad: to become a resource center that connects neighbors with neighbors in diverse and inclusive community, by responding to the gifts and aspirations of people living in poverty. Originally intended to collect 10,000 diapers for a community birthday party for one year-olds, the Maker’s Place collected 100,000 diapers during our first collection drive. With so many diapers left over, we launched what is now our flagship initiative: our “Diaper Depot,” a diaper distribution program that gives away thousands of free diapers each month to families who struggle to provide enough diapers for their children. We partner with Children’s Futures, a Trenton nonprofit, to provide free baby formula. Through our work we come in contact with hundreds of families and it is from these relationships that we will identify 50 children and young people whom you at MUMC will be able to brighten lives with your gifts. [Back to Top]
Operation Santa is run by the Medford Police Department, and gives us the opportunity to support children in need right in our local community. We were given 15 giving opportunities. When you see this notice some of the gifts may have been taken but, if you are interested, please send an e-mail to [email protected] and we will send back the flyer with current availabilities. The police will be hosting an event for these children at the police station this year, and will need help decorating on December 9th, 2022 from 4:00 pm – (around) 7:00pm. If you would be interested in joining a team from our church to help prepare for this event, please email us as well. [Back to Top]
Iglesia Metodista Unida Wesley/Wesley UMC is a vibrant Hispanic church in Trenton led by Pastor Rosemary Rentas and a very involved and dedicated laity volunteers. This is our 13th year partnering with Wesley and it is a great pleasure to watch this ministry grow in their new church home on Liberty Street in Trenton. This year MUMC will provide 75 gifts for Wesley to distribute to children and youth in the surrounding community. [Back to Top]