Re-imagining The Holidays: 2017 Holiday Giving Project
As the winter 2017 holidays approach, we invite you and your family to join us in rethinking the meaning of gift-giving by participating in our biennial Holiday Giving program. By redirecting half of our holiday spending to a local nonprofit that advances racial equity, we can each strengthen our community ties and rekindle the season’s true spirit.
With a focus on racial justice and community building, we’ve chosen Marnita’s Table as the recipient of the 2017 Holiday Giving project. Marnita’s Table is a local organization that is dedicated to bridging gaps across difference. Working with neighborhood groups, government agencies, schools, and faith communities, Marnita’s Table empowers people of all ages and backgrounds to make genuine changes toward equity, inclusion, and understanding.
The shopping malls are already displaying Christmas decor, so perhaps you’re already budgeting for winter holiday gift giving and entertaining. In 2016, the average American planned to spend $929 on holiday gifts (source). Think what a positive impact even half of that amount could make if re-directed to charitable giving, and then multiply that generosity by hundreds of givers. That’s what our biennial Holiday Giving project intends to do. Past projects raised substantial amounts for Habitat for Humanity (2013) and the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (2015).
In 2013, we worked together to support “The House That Love Built” through Habitat for Humanity.
In 2015, we partnered with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative to expand the ways we can give the gift of home.
In 2017, we’re partnering with Marnita’s Table.
The Powerful Impact of Beacon, our 2015 Holiday Giving Recipient (recorded at First Universalist Dec. 13, 2015)
Garlicia Montgomery is a young woman who has lived at Beacon’s Nicollet Square. Listen to her powerful testimony about the impact that Beacon has had on her life. “Thank you for helping me build my future,” she says.