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Holiday Giving Time is here…

Let’s Make This Year Extra Special!

It’s that time of year when ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) asks for your help in making the holiday season special for young adults (ages 18-23) who have ‘aged-out’ of foster care, and who often have no one or no way to make their holidays brighter. They may be experiencing the holiday season on their own for the first time. Because of you, ILYA is able to brighten their holidays with festive gift packages. This year we have 100 young adults and 28 children for whom our package may be the only gift they receive.

Come see us at the ILYA table (just look for the Christmas tree!!) in the Parish Hall after each Sunday service in November. You’ll see samples of the special gifts and the bags that will hold them. This year, we have purchased both the bags and gifts in advance for a total cost of $145. Any donation will help to cover that cost. As with all other contributions to First U, there are several ways to donate:

You can mail a check to First UU
or make it a holiday priority to leave your check at the ILYA table on Sunday!
You can also donate directly to ILYA by going on the First U web site and opening the link for ILYA donations. Donations received at this link through November will go toward ILYA Holiday Giving Program.

We hope you might join us in helping to wrap a few of the 400 gifts we’re assembling for these young adults and their families! Check out the ‘Wrapping Table’ right next to the ILYA table. Feel free to bring a roll of your favorite wrapping paper! This Sunday, volunteers from The Questers (5th – 8th grade students) will join in to make the gift wrapping even merrier! Please welcome them by stopping by, sharing a snack, and wrapping a package (or few)!

For those who prefer writing to wrapping, we need people to write a short, cheerful note on cards to go with the packages. And, yes, there will be a table for that as well.

If you have questions or have time to wrap some gifts, be sure to contact Francine du Pont at