Three people in masks loading boxes off of a truck during a volunteer effort.

Alternative Gift Market

This year, like everything else in 2020, the AGM will be a bit different. Instead of gathering in person, we can still choose to support local organizations and international organizations that are caring and loving those who are in great need.

This year we invite you to participate in our virtual Alternative Gift Market by donating directly to an organization.

Thank you, TPC, for your huge heart and your love for the world!

Assistance Center of Towson Churches

For 35 years ACTC has been feeding our neighbors, preventing evictions and utilities cut-offs and providing Thanksgiving meals, among many other services.  They provide services to folks without geographic restriction.

With the rise in COVID-related unemployment, ACTC expanded its services by:

 

  1. Hosting clients "at the front door," rather than indoors, as in the past
  2. Accommodating a 220% increase in food distribution, a 500% increase in visit frequency and a 67% increase in new clients;
  3. Borrowing space from local churches to move food operations off-site to allow for social distancing of volunteers;
  4. Replacing church food drives with neighborhood collections and individual donations; and
  5. Increasing volunteer base from 60 to 100, with individuals engaging weekly to receive, sort, store and pack food donations, donate fresh fruit, water, and sandwiches for the homeless, rescue food from local stores that are past the sell-by date, but still edible.

 

ACTC currently gives out 180 sets of pre-packed non-perishable grocery bags to families each week, supplemented with additional bags of fresh food, including bread/bakery items, dairy/eggs, frozen meats, vegetables and fruits.

ACTC gave out 6.6 tons of food each week in September.  ACTC also give out toiletry sets, paper goods and baby items and 30-35 lunches daily to homeless individuals and families. ACTC has provided over 10,000 persons groceries and over 7,000 homeless lunches thus far this year.

ACTC has created an online, contactless process to renew financial assistance for utilities cut-off and eviction prevention.   Up to 40% of tenants in Maryland are delinquent in their rent, according to the Maryland Multi-Housing Association.  ACTC can use support for this as 2020 ends and especially into 2021, as ACTC anticipates a 10-fold increase in funding needed to help address this massive humanitarian crisis.

Click "donate" below make an online donation or mail a check to:  116 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Towson, MD  21204.

Student Support Network

Started in 2015 at Loch Raven High School, the newly named Student Support Network now serves 11 elementary through high schools in our county!  EVERY Friday volunteers place bags of fresh and non-perishable food, diapers, essential items and period products into the cars of needy families.

In 2019 this organization’s donations were $216,985.  Since March 2020, $1.8 million of food and essential products have been given out!  The needs are great and SSN has stepped up to help fill them.

Click "donate" below to make an online donation or mail a check to: 1740 E. Joppa Rd., Baltimore, MD 21234.

Mt. Calvary AME Wednesday Dinner Meals

TPC has joined hands with Mt. Calvary AME Church in East Towson to cook, assemble and deliver dinner meals to our neighbors in need.  We join them one Wednesday each month.  They provide for the other Wednesdays and have been doing so for years!

Click "donate" below and choose “Harvest Meals” to make an online donation or mail a check to: 300 Eudowood Lane, Towson, MD 21286.

The McKim Center

Due to the pandemic, The McKim Center’s “Angel Tree” Christmas gift program has been cancelled, however, they would greatly appreciate in its place a monetary donation. The McKim Center’s youth programs are dedicated to improving the lives of the youth of Jonestown, Baltimore City, and beyond.

The McKim Center provide activities and experiences that support the academic, physical, social, and spiritual growth of children and families in a safe and caring atmosphere conducive to learning. McKim strives to nurture young people as they grow into caring and capable adults.

Click "donate" below to donate to McKim online through PayPal or by sending a check directly to their office.

Honduras: Casita Copan

TPC has been sending missionaries to serve in Honduras for over 30 years; the last 15 years in Copan Ruinas. COVID-19 has prevented us from planning our Spring 2021 trip there.

Casita Copan is a School/Foster Home/orphanage started and run by a native of Pittsburgh, PA., Emily, and we have worked there for the last 6 years.  They have been hard hit by 2 hurricanes in the last 2 months on top of severe lockdowns due to COVID.  They are currently without water or electricity and there is no indication of when it will return.  Emily found someone w/internet service and has set-up an Emergency Fund.

Please be as generous as you can with these children of God.  We plan to visit them again hopefully in Fall 2021!

Click "donate" below to make an online donation.

Medical Benevolence Foundation

Luke 9:2 instructs and inspires the work of MBF: “to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal”.   MBF’s approach to mission is a science-minded alternative to evangelical efforts that have disregarded public health as a primary concern.

MBF supports 6 Nursing Schools in various ways in sub-Saharan Africa.

There are 3 in Malawi, 2 in Kenya and one in DR Congo.

The average annual income here is $730.  There are less than 20 nurses/10,000 people in these countries.  Tuition for the nursing schools is around $3,000 per year.

In Haiti, There is one public nursing school FSIL that MBF supports with the Episcopal University of Haiti.  Here the average income is up to $600 annually and tuition is $3500 per year.

Scholarships are the way to rid these countries of preventable diseases and bring their healthcare into the 21st century!

Click here to learn more about MBF and click "donate" below to make an online donation.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

The emergency and refugee program of PC (USA) has been extremely active in 2020 with wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, a derecho, flooding and that is just in the US!  They have also provided aid in Yemen, Lebanon and Indonesia to name a few of the global sites.  COVID-19 has complicated all of the efforts to provide aid.

With their motto “Out of Chaos, Hope”, PDA persists in efforts around the globe.

For US efforts you can designate your donation to DR000015.

For International efforts direct your donation to DR999999.

Thank you for your generosity!

Click "donate" below to make an online donation.

Presbyterian Gifts

It is our gratitude for God’s grace that moves us to join in God’s mission in the world.  By joining our gifts together, no matter how large or small, we expand our witness to God’s gracious and abundant work in the world.

We can help others by providing:

A family of chickens ($25), or a fishing net ($15), or  farming tools ($10), or a sewing machine ($50), or any of the other options in the 2020 Giving Catalog!

New this year, you can join the Coop Club!

Click "donate" below to make an online donation.