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12 Days of Giving is an opportunity to support organizations in our community and ministries of the church through tangible giving. Each day we'll highlight a ministry and donation opportunity. On December 4 & 11, you can drop off any donations from the week in the Sanctuary from 8-11:15 a.m.

DAY 1 
Monetary Donations
[Dover Elementary]
Many of the students at Dover Elementary School are from families who earn well below the poverty level. Not only does St. Andrew's have volunteers working with these students in the classroom, but our support includes participation in school sponsored events, which encourage family participation in the students' educational experience. Some examples include providing free family photographs at Fall Festival, sponsoring and hosting student recognition of National Honor Society inductees (a first for the school), providing Santa Claus/Mrs. Claus for family night celebration, and supporting special requests from the teachers.

DAY 2
New/Gently Used Clothing, Toys, Household Items, Christmas Decor
[Christmas Closet]
We are hosting a Christmas Closet for the community. Anyone in need in our community can visit the Christmas Closet for gifts or other holiday needs. We are accepting new and *gently used* toys, books, clothing for men, women, and children, accessories, unopened gift wrap, or Christmas decor to stock the store. The Christmas Closet will be open Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 9-11 a.m. in the Family Life Center.

DAY 3
Monetary Donations
[Outreach Free Clinic & Resource Center]
The Outreach Free Clinic & Resource Center is an integral part of the healthcare system in the greater Brandon community. Their clinic was started in 1989 with the goal of promoting health and wellness by providing quality healthcare services, at no charge, to people without access to basic care. They do not receive federal, state or county funding. Today’s economy makes their mission more important than ever, with more people losing their jobs and their health insurance. Their goal is to help their patients become and remain as healthy as possible, so they can go to work and take care of their families.

DAY 4
Shampoo & Conditioner
[ECHO]
ECHO assists residents of Hillsborough County in crisis with emergency food, clothing, and access to life-stabilizing programs and resources.

DAY 5
Diapers (size 5-6), Pull-Ups, Wipes
[Cornerstone Family Ministries]
The mission of Cornerstone Family Ministries is to make a lasting and positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged children and their families in our community by nurturing young bodies, developing young minds, and fostering hope through Christ.

DAY 6
Fuel Gift Cards
[Family Promise]
Family Promise helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

DAY 7
Non-Perishable Holiday Food
[SAUMC Food Pantry]
The SAUMC Food Pantry collects and maintains food bags for anyone who is in need in our community. Our Drive-Through Pantry is open on Wednesdays from 9 - 11 a.m.

DAY 8
Donations for Bibles
[Kids Ministry]
Each year all of our Kids Ministry 2nd-5th grade students begin an eight-week course in their Sunday School class to teach them about the Bible. Students learn the different sections of the Bible, understand the difference between a chapter and a verse, gain a better understanding of what is in the Bible, and much more. At the end of the course each student is presented their very Bible.

DAY 9
Walmart Gift Cards
[FL UM Children's Home]
The Florida United Methodist Children's Home was established in 1908 to provide a home for orphans and other children that had nowhere else to live. Today it serves as a diverse ministry with two campuses that include residential, therapeutic group, foster and emergency shelter care. The Home also provides independent living assistance and a community child care center.

DAY 10
New Baby Clothes (newborn - 2T)
[Choices]
Choices is a non-profit organization that is passionate about cultivating a culture for life. They envision a culture where women and men faced with pregnancy decisions are transformed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families. 

DAY 11
Donations for Bibles
[Youth Ministry]
Every spring, students in 6th-12th grade are given the opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, especially as a member of this congregation of the United Methodist Church. By the end of the series, we hope to prepare each of our confirmands to say "Yes!" to Jesus and fully embrace their personal discipleship journey. This year we will be giving each young person a Student Bible at the beginning of their Confirmation journey.

DAY 12
Monetary Donations for Scholarships
[Zambia]
All money received will go toward scholarships for vulnerable and orphaned children in Zambia.