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Giving Depot 2012

Change a life. Change a family. Change a community. That’s a pretty ambitious goal for the Giving Depot, yet it’s exactly what’s behind our effort in this 9th year of reaching out to under-resourced children. We are taking aim squarely at the heart – the hearts of those we serve as well as our own. Through the Giving Depot we all experience Jesus’ words “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

The Giving Depot is a Christmas store where kids involved with Rise Up!, a GFC local ministry partner, will purchase gifts for their family with Giving Bucks. They earn these bucks through their participation in the after school program of Rise Up! - learning the biblical Christmas story, receiving good reports from school, being respectful toward others, doing service projects, and being a positive leader.

This annual effort is part of our vision for reaching our community with the good news of Jesus Christ as we offer a hand up rather than a hand out to those in need. Ultimately we desire to see lives changed by the love of God as we build relationships and extend ourselves in practical ways.

Preparation for the Giving Depot can be a fun shared experience with much behind-the-scenes work needed to get ready for the big day when the children flood into the Rise Up! facility where the event takes place. You can help by purchasing a gift for the store or signing up to help the first weekend of December as we prepare and decorate the site.

During November you will find sign-up tables outside the West Auditorium on Sunday mornings to see where you can volunteer. Here you also can pick up a gift tag from the Christmas trees to purchase a gift for participating students and families. On Saturday, December 8th, when the Giving Depot takes place, there are numerous areas to serve (gift wrapping, shopper partner, welcome, food….), but the volunteer sign-up sheets are filling up fast.

Come help change the world…one community, one family, one life at a time through the Giving Depot.


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