April 2019 “Due to health reasons of one of the Wish List project team members, the project has been suspended until further notice.”

The Wish List Giving Project, with leadership of Barb McRea, focuses on collecting in-kind (new or gently used) items for local organizations according to their “wish list” needs. Below is a descriptive list of the current and the past Wish List Giving campaigns and the local organizations so generously supported with donations:

  • March-April:  We are supporting Manasota Operation Troop Support (MOTS) and their program to send Care Packages to our deployed service members. MOTS is a non-political 501(c) 3 organization who has been serving Manatee and Sarasota county troops and their families before, during and after deployment for over ten years. MOTS serves service members through referrals from friends, families, teachers and others in Manasota communities. It is funded by private donations from individuals, veterans’ organizations, local churches, fundraisers and grants.
    Each month volunteers from a variety of local organizations help MOTS pack and send between 35 and 50 Care Packages to our troops serving in foreign lands. The MOTS Director exercises sole control to ensure service member confidentiality and that all Care Package address labels and APO/Customs shipping forms are properly completed. MOTS also supports service members and their families back home by helping them with cash, gift cards, furniture, veteran’s food pantry, emergency financial assistance, community outreach programs and referral assistance depending upon their needs. Care Package items are mostly donated by individuals and various local groups, but what MOTS really needs help with is purchasing Care Package shipping postage. Of all the items included in these Care Packages, the most cherished by the service members are the personal messages of support and encouragement because it says that we care about them! Our campaign offers several ways to get involved: (1) Purchase Care Package shipping postage. It costs $18.40 to ship each box. MOTS really needs help with this! (2) Donate Care Package comfort items that help ease the hardship of deployment. (3) Meet-N-Greet MOTS Director, Linda Craig, for a presentation about MOTS’ mission. We’ll do this at the Social time on Sunday March 10th, after the Sunday service. (4) Write/Sign a personal message of support. We’ll do this as a group in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 24th, after the Sunday service. (5) Pack Care Package boxes. MOTS will provide the items we’ll pack. We’ll do this as a group in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 31st, after the Sunday service. Information on the purple insert in the Sunday service bulletin and on the red bin will give you the details. Our deadline is Sunday, March 31st, when we pack the Care Package boxes! Remember — The sole purpose of this “in-kind” (which means goods as opposed to money) giving program is to donate items to match specific needs of a local organization. If you wish to make a monetary donation to this organization, please contact MOTS directly: c/o Linda Craig (Director), (941)782-0748.

• February:  Time out to concentrate on auction.

• January 2019 campaign — Bishop Animal Shelter promotes the compassionate treatment of companion animals in Manatee County and surrounding areas from its adoption facility. As of January 20th, MUUF donated 26.1 lbs. of dog food and treats, 15.7 lbs. of cat food and treats, 2 blankets, 10 towels, 2 rugs, 2 sheets, 1 cat scratch board and 2 grocery bags of newspapers.

• December 2018 campaign — Turning Points provides a variety of free services designed to assist individuals and families to help prevent and end homelessness. MUUF donated 19 holiday bags filled with new Christmas toys and gifts for children.

• November 2018 campaign — SafePlace2B Youth Shelter provides a safe haven with family counseling for troubled teens who are in a family crisis situation. MUUF donated 11 grocery bags containing clothes, shoes, personal toiletries, housewares, recreational items and a holiday dinner certificate.

• October 2018 campaign — Feeding Empty Little Tummies (F.E.L.T.) a local non-profit charity dedicated to feeding Manatee County’s most needy — homeless students. MUUF donated 107 pounds of nonperishable food.

• September 2018 campaign — HOPE Family Services offers domestic violence outreach services and shelter for families and their dependents. MUUF donated approximately 60 pounds of school supplies.