Members and friends of New Journey will be purchasing Christmas gifts for two very needy families from Imagine School in East Mesa. An Angel Tree with gift suggestions is located at church. Purchased gifts should be wrapped, with their ornament (Name, gender, age, item). The wrapped gifts should be put under the Christmas tree located in the worship area by Sunday, December 16. Imagine School is a charter school that is a publicly funded non-profit.
ELCA GOOD GIFTS
Start with a shared plot of land and good soil, add drought-resistant seeds and top it off with tools and training. The result? Plenty of tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, beans, cassava and other vegetables to go around. Extra produce can be sold and the profits shared by the members of the cooperative to provide a great combination of food and income. $200
For many people around the world, farming is more than a way of life; it is the primary source of food and income. Helpful tools – like a rake, hoe and shovel – along with seeds and comprehensive agricultural training help a farmer get ahead. With valuable tips and the right equipment, farmers can count on increased harvests and healthy families. $25
A buzz-worthy gift, honeybees have a growing importance as the shrinking honeybee population worldwide is especially worrisome. Beeswax can be transformed into handcrafted soaps, candles, honey and other products to create a small, sustainable business. But that’s not all – we know that their mere presence on a farm means that they are pollinating plants and boosting crop growth far and wide. $20
If there’s a superhero of the barnyard, it just might be the goat. Why? Because goats can go where other animals can’t, surviving in some of the world’s harshest environments – rocky terrain, drought-prone areas, small plots of land, you name it. Fresh milk from a goat provides daily nutrition for children and their families. And what’s more, offspring can rapidly transform a community when shared with other families in need. $50
It doesn’t take long for a tiny piglet to grow to 200 pounds or more. And when this not-so-little piggy goes to the market, it’s worth a pretty penny. Should a family have a failed harvest, medical expense or other unexpected need, this gift can be cashed in to make all the difference. $30
For those who are not present, donations can be sent to
PO Box 19652
Fountain Hills, AZ 85269
Please write “Good Gifts” on the memo line of your check.