2023 Global Giving Tree Recipients
For almost 30 years the KUC Global and Community Action Ministry has organized an Advent Giving Tree Initiative. It helps the congregation give to the wider Kamloops community, as well as nationally, and around the world.
This is the year of Love, and we have chosen the theme of “Food Security”.
Once again, we are sending Jan Vint’s wonderful hand-crafted ornaments to the congregation, to hang on your own tree. Or, you can bring them into the church to hang on the Giving Tree in the sanctuary. You will also receive a special donation envelope.
As usual, we have chosen 3 recipients to receive equal portions of the donations, one
International, one National, and one Local organization.
PIT Stop serves a free, hot, nutritious, meal to our guests every Sunday afternoon. Our guests include seniors, youth, families and adults, many are marginalized or street entrenched community members. We strive to reduce the impacts of poverty by providing food and support in a caring and safe environment.
National: Food Security for Elders
Food prices continue to rise because of inflation and worldwide supply chain disruptions. For Indigenous Elders living on the Morley First Nation and in the Lethbridge area, it’s already hard to make ends meet, and rising food prices make it even harder. Chinook Winds Regional Council delivers supermarket gift cards four times a year to help them buy food and other necessities.
From the 2023 United Church Gifts With Vision Catalogue.
The United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service partners are urgently responding to those who are impacted by the conflict in the Middle East. There is a critical need for food, as well as non-food items such as medicines, psychosocial support, and shelter. As a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, they are working with the Humanitarian Coalition to provide tangible support for these people.
2023 Advent Giving Tree Donations
The KUC Global and Community Action Committee is incredibly grateful for this year’s very generous donations to the Advent Giving Tree.
The total amount donated was approximately $6,175. This is just marginally less than last year’s record total. As a result each of the three recipients will receive approximately $2,058. In addition, the donations given to the White Poppy Campaign in November, approximately $174, will be added to the International Recipient’s amount.
The 2023 theme was ‘Food Security’ and the three recipients were:
Local – Kamloops United Church’s P.I.T. Stop, (People In Transition), Outreach Program
National – Food Security for Elders on the Morley First Nation – from the United Church Gifts With Vision Catalogue
International – Humanitarian Crisis in the Middle East – through the United Church’s Mission and Service Partners