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Founded in 1991 and based in Doylestown, Americans for Native Americans (ANA) is a non-profit 501©(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Native Americans in the Southwest by providing essential goods and programs which foster self-reliance and mutual understanding.
In 2021, Carversville United Church of Christ (CUCC) partnered with Americans for Native Americans to provide hundreds of girls’ and boys’ briefs for ANA’s inventory to be sent as requested by school Principals or staff to children in schools serviced by ANA in the Southwest.
CUCC “adopted” Tohaali Community School in Crown Point NM and provided fleece blankets for students who board at that school of 90 students. In addition, we provided each student with their “first ever” Christmas stocking containing personal hygiene items, school supplies, snacks, and small toys as well as activity books and jump ropes. Mariano Lake Community School was chosen by ANA for our congregation’s outreach to its 80 students in 2022. CUCC provided fleece blankets for students who board and Christmas stockings as well as dry erase Lapboards for every student. We were fortunate to have an anonymous individual donate approximately $500 in sports equipment to the school for use by students in the school gym and outdoor recess area.
For more information about Americans for Native Americans and the services it provides please refer to its website www.AmericansforNativeAmericans.org.
The clinic, based at Doylestown Hospital, provides free medical care, dental care, and social services to low income, uninsured members of our community. The clinic is a not-for-profit 501c(3)charitable organization. It is made possible by volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses, and support staff, by Doylestown Hospital which contributes facilities and other support services, and by generous donations from the community. CUCC made a financial contribution to the Clinic in 2022. To volunteer or for more information about the Clinic call 215-345-2260.
Bethany Children’s Home provides a safe place of nurture, protections, and supportive care to aid residents in their self-understanding, growth, and healing toward a brighter, healthier future. Residents are youth between the ages of 10 and 21 years old. In 2022, CUCC participated in Bethany’s Christmas celebration for its youth by sending gifts chosen from residents’ wish lists (basketballs, badminton sets, footballs, gift cards to Target, Jo-Ann, and Kohl’s) as well as 15 Christmas stockings filled with personal care items, school supplies, snacks, and toys. 10 Hand-made fleece blankets, 25 dry erase lapboards with markers, and 80 Beanie Babies were also included.
Food insecurity is still a major problem in the United States, and for years CUCC has made an effort to address food insecurity in our community by making in-kind weekly donations of food items to the Doylestown Food Pantry. The need in our community for these items is ever present and real. In 2022 CUCC donated 9,142 pounds of food to the Pantry. The food pantry is coordinated through the Bucks County Housing Group, the largest provider of homeless services for families and children in Bucks County.
CUCC congregants who knit, crochet, or sew are pleased to support the Pastoral Care Department of Doylestown Hospital to provide hand-made prayer blankets or shawls for hospital patients who are at end of life. These are delivered to patients by hospital Chaplains. In addition, Lapghans (36” X 48”) and Throw Blankets (48” X 48” to 60”) are made and donated to assist with a program by Doylestown Hospital’s Hospice Department staff to deliver those items to patients’ homes and nursing homes
Individuals with questions regarding this program should contact Cindi Castor in the Pastoral Care Department at 215-345-2269.
FMSC is a Christian non-profit dedicated to preventing undernutrition estimated to claim 6200 children in the world each day . The organization believes hope starts with nutritious food, and produces three MannPack meal formulas developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition. Donations fund meal ingredients that include rice, dehydrated carrots and potatoes as well as multiple nutrients. Volunteers hand-pack meals at events across the country where volunteers work in shifts to pack thousands of meals. FMSC then sends the packaged meals to food partners around the world for distribution to children and the elderly.
For information about the Feed My Starving Children organization, go to fmsc.org.
In addition to these wonderful organizations we support annually, Carversville United Church of Christ responds on a case -by- case basis to immediate situations of need within our community. Through financial and volunteer assistance we have supported families in need of housing or who have food insecurity and those affected by recent natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding.
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