Donations for the Christmas Stores can be dropped off at any of the three locations: Baltimore, Martinsburg and Charlotte Hall.
Christmas Store Volunteer Opportunities
- Donate Items to the Christmas Store (click the link for specific needs)
- Volunteer to work at one of our two Christmas Stores
- Set up store / inventory
- Help the children shop
- Help children wrap gifts / make gift baskets
- Clean up / put away unsold items
A Message from Rev. Stacey Nickerson on the 2017 Christmas Red Stocking Campaign for Churches
Earlier this month, Bishop Easterling and Bishop Johnson sent letters announcing our Christmas Offering for this year. To follow up on her letter, I want to encourage you to speak with your pastor now about scheduling the Christmas Offering in your congregation. Please work with your pastor in order to plan and promote this special opportunity that takes place only once a year. If Christmas is not the best time of year for your congregation, feel free to use the materials at any time to receive donations for BCC. Some congregations celebrate Christmas in July or receive the offering at another time. Please follow-up with your pastor (s) so that materials can be ordered. We want to make sharing the opportunities of the Christmas Offering with your church members as easy as possible for you.
You can request red stockings, Christmas brochures or other BCC material by going online to www.boardofchildcare.org/christmas or by simply replying to this e-mail. If you choose to reply to the e-mail please provide the quantity of each item requested and the correct mailing address for where you would like the items to be sent.
We also want to help you explain the purpose of the Christmas Offering so we have provided you a sample church bulletin announcement and links to easily download the BCC logo as well as other promotional materials. All of these documents can be found at www.boardofchildcare.org/templates. You can request any items by e-mailing email@example.com or by calling our Office at 410-922-2100 x5610.
We are honored that for over 140 years the United Methodist Church has helped us promote donations to the children and families with the Board of Child Care. It is important that all of our donors know that all the money collected from the Christmas Offering goes directly to benefit our young people and their families. First, we fund individualized presents for each child directly from his or her personal wish list. After all Christmas gifts have been purchased, donations are used to help the youth celebrate the season with unique holiday programs led by our Spiritual Life team and a family-style dinner at each of our locations, including Denton. Once the holiday programs have been funded the money goes to wherever it is needed to positively impact the lives of our youth and fulfill our purpose of enriching communities, one family at a time.
With your help, we can make God’s love real for the children and families of the Board of Child Care through our Christmas Offering. When you give, you participate in God’s redeeming and transforming work in the lives of precious youth, families, and communities. Blessings to you as we prepare to celebrate God’s gift of Jesus Christ for all the world.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Stacey Nickerson
Director of Church and Community Engagement
We Collect Box Tops!
Look for the pink Box Top located on the top or bottom of the food boxes already in your home. Clip them and send to Board of Child Care – Auxiliary 3300 Gaither Rd, Baltimore, MD 21244
Graduation – monetary donations welcome as we give each child a handmade quilt/afghan AND a monetary gift.
Presenting each graduate with a hand-made afghan/quilt along with a monetary gift. The Auxiliary is seeking volunteers to get the crochet hooks, knitting needles, or sewing machines moving.
The afghans/quilts are typically 70″ x 35″ — a suitable size to top a twin bed.
Please call our office with questions or inquiries about dropping off donations. Auxiliary Office 410-922-2100 x 5473 or Development Office 410-922-2100 x 5430
Summer is Right Around the Corner
Summer Vacation who doesn’t love to “get away” during the summer months. Our kids do too – monetary donations to help offset transportation and admission costs welcome. (Checks payable to BCC Auxiliary, note Road Trips in memo.)
In the past we have been able to take trips to: Sky Zone, Ironbird & Frederick Keys ball games, Cascade Lake, Mt. Pleasant Ice Rink, to name a few.
Changes for Auxiliary 2017 Thanksgiving Drive
For many years we have supported our Board of Child Care (BCC) families with Thanksgiving Baskets – collecting canned goods, cake mixes, stuffing etc. And always our families are appreciative. This year we are handling Thanksgiving donations a little differently. We will be providing $25 grocery store gift cards to families in lieu of our usual baskets of canned hams, veggies, cake mixes etc. SO donations will be much easier – just write a check or give cash! We will take care of purchasing the grocery store (geographically appropriate) gift cards for the recipients. Grocery Store Gift cards allow the recipients more choice in tastes and accommodating dietary needs (store policies prohibit gift cards from being used to purchase alcohol, tobacco or lottery/keno tickets).
Send checks payable to the BCC Auxiliary, Attn: BCC Auxiliary Office, 3300 Gaither Road, Baltimore MD 21244, with a note in memo “Thanksgiving”. This way, we can record donations in our database, and send an acknowledgment to donors.
We are always so grateful for YOU our supporters – Blessings to all and a bountiful Thanksgiving!
If you have any questions about Changes for Auxiliary 2017 Thanksgiving Drive please call Rev. Dr. Stacey Nickerson, Director of Church and Community Engagement, Board of Child Care (Staff) by phone (410) 496-5610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org