Once again, the holidays are upon us and many families are in need. Each year The Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside (UUCR) reaches out to its more fortunate persons to assist us in spreading joy and happiness to less fortunate local families as a part of our Sharing Our Spirit (SOS) Program.
UUCR and its community help provide complete meals for the Thanksgiving and Christmas during the holiday season. We provide complete food baskets of turkey and all the ingredients for a simple family Thanksgiving or holiday feast. We personally wrap and deliver Christmas gifts to local families. We also help provide opportunities to family members to join in on the gift shopping experience.
We would like to thank you all for your community contributions thus far. Last year we collected a total of $1,589.00, Our goal this year is $1,800.
We still need another $1,800 to reach our goal in order to provide for most of our families this holiday season.
Last year we bought and wrapped gifts for children with AIDS/HIV, and we also took single Mothers to a local store and gave them the opportunity to shop for their own families at our expense. These mothers were so happy, it brought them to tears of joy.
If you would like to help us reach more families this Holiday Season, UUCR will graciously accept monetary contributions, and donations of new or gently used toys, clothing, packages of new underclothes, socks, blankets, toiletries, etc. All monetary donations and donated items may be tax deductible.
This year’s fundraising will begin on September 23rd and end on December 25th. This will give UUs a little more time to shop for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Food & Gift Baskets for the community and support our Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals.
We have several ways you may help your community this holiday season.
- You can donate cash on Sunday at church or anytime during our office hours, Tue – Fri from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- You can send a check or money order to our office at 3657 Lemon St., Riverside, CA 92501. Please make your check or money order out to UUCR and write SOS in the subject line.
- You may donate using PayPal.
- You may also donate using our Great Lake Scrip program. Just purchase your favorite Great Lake Scrip card in our office during office hours (Call (951) 686-6515 for inventory availability) or on Sunday after Sunday Service, to be used towards Holiday Food Baskets or Holiday Gifts.