Our Suffern UMC community is proud to participate in the following missions to help our neighbors in our community.
Blanket Night – make blankets for senior citizens in the local nursing homes
Food Drives for CUMAC and local food pantries in Suffern, Sloatsburg and West Nyack
Mitten Tree in December-January for Connor Elementary School
Operation Christmas Child in October-November (International)
People to People Project Joy – Children’s dreams fulfilled each Christmas Season
Relay for Life in June
School Supply Drive in August for Connor Elementary School
Suffern NY Ecumenical Soup Kitchen – year round support
Vacation Bible School (July)
Mission Projects – Fall 2018
Our annual collection of school supplies to benefit Connor Elementary School was completed on Oct. 12, 2018. We were able to donate $428.80 worth of supplies. Connor School really appreciates our efforts.
Operation Christmas Child is underway through Nov. 4. This is our 16thyear of participating in this global project to send shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies and hygiene items to children in third world countries. Boxes are available in the back of the sanctuary.
This year, our Thanksgiving food drive will concentrate on specialty foods especially needed by seniors. The need is for sugar-free and low-sodium items and meal-replacement bars and drinks. Our donations will go to the Sloatsburg Food Pantry, which servers Suffern, Sloatsburg, Hillburn, Montebello and Tuxedo. A list of suggested items will be available. The food drive will run from Nov. 4 to Nov. 18.
Our Christmas project will be the toy drive sponsored by the Suffern Police Department. They ask for new unwrapped toys. This will take place Dec. 2 to Dec. 16.
The annual “mitten tree” will be set up in the narthex on Dec. 2. We will collect hats and mittens to decorate the tree until Jan. 12. The hats and mittens will then be donated to needy children at Connor Elementary School.