Union County Churches Help Santa Bring Gifts

(Photo courtesy of the Arc of Union County)

(Photo courtesy of the Arc of Union County)

UNION COUNTY — The parishioners of three local churches have helped bring holiday joy to the residents of The Arc of Union County group homes for many years. As in the past, during this festive season, St. Bartholomew The Apostle Church of Scotch Plains, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence, and Calvary Lutheran Church in Cranford each set up an Angel Tree.

Typically taking form as a Christmas tree, the Angel Tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each containing the name, age and gender of local residents and a gift(s) they would like. For parishioners that wish to participate, an ornament is taken off the tree, and later a present is purchased, wrapped and delivered to the person in need.

Recently members of St. Bartholomew Church and Faith Lutheran church dropped off to The Arc’s main office in Springfield, bags filled with gifts for 17 of the 22 residential programs! The youth group of Calvary Lutheran Church chose to support five Arc residential programs. To add to the spirit of the season, the energetic teenagers decided to deliver their gifts in person to two of the five programs so that they could also perform a short holiday concert for the special needs adults and Arc staff.

The Arc’s Lifetime Support Administrator, Jamie Dungey commented, “It was great to see how happy the residents were when they received the gifts; all from so many thoughtful people. With over 100 individuals served in The Arc of Union County’s group homes, it is a big order to take on a project such as this. We offer our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the churches and everyone who participated in making this holiday season extra special for the adults living in our programs.”

For more information about The Arc of Union County visit: www.arcunion.org

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