Organ pipes in the Sanctuary of First Church in Cambridge. A wrought iron chandelier hangs in the foreground.

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Advent Season Gift-Giving and Donation Suggestions

November 16, 2023

The Missions & Social Justice Committee is pleased to share with you a list of organizations with which First Church partners closely and who are seeking donations in this holiday season. In the case that you and your family are in a position to support any of these organizations, we hope that you find the list helpful. If you have any questions, please reach out to Molly Baker at, co-chair of the Missions & Social Justice Committee.

Christmas at the First Church Shelter

At Christmas, each Shelter guest receives a $25 – $50 gift card for personal purchases. Would you like to sponsor one this year? Your donation will truly be appreciated by the Shelter guest.  Donate here. Pies and other dessert items are welcome, as well. For more information contact Shelter Director Jim Stewart.

Friday Café

This year, The Friday Café would love to help guests out with donations of warm winter gloves. Shop locally, or order from our Amazon wish list by visiting our website.

First Church & Friends Welcome Corps Team

You’ve heard the exciting news that a Somali mother and her adult son are traveling very soon to make their new home here. Our Welcome Corps team is working to greet them at the airport with open arms and companion them as they find their way into housing, health care, learning English, finding jobs and more! We would like to empower the newcomers to begin shopping for clothing, housewares, and food on their own by providing them with gift cards. We need financial contributions for this. You can donate at this link – please check the box for Refugee Resettlement Fund and all your donation will go specifically toward gift cards.

Coat Boston and the Christmas Shop

This year, Coat Boston and the Christmas Shop is seeking donations of gift cards, books, toys, socks, hats, mittens and coats. These gifts will be given directly to schools, partner agencies, and organizations in Boston that serve individuals and families in need of resources. For ideas, please check out their Amazon Wish List . As is our tradition, First Church will collect unwrapped gifts for the Christmas Shop and Coat Boston during our worship service on Sunday, December 10.

Helping Hands Food Pantry

Donations continue to be welcomed and needed for the Food Pantry hosted by St. James Episcopal Church in Porter Square, Cambridge. The Food Pantry is looking for cereals and granola, canned fruit and veggies, proteins, condiments, and cooking oil. Diapers and feminine products are welcome, too. Fresh or frozen food cannot be accepted. Also please be sure that your contributions are unopened, unexpired, and not in glass containers. Please bring your holiday season donations to First Church on Sunday, December 3 and Sunday, January 7.

Solutions at Work Support

SAW is accepting cash donations to support their mission in breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with resources and opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, achieve self-sufficiency, and participate in helping others. They do this by providing key services to people living in poverty such as a children’s clothing and toy exchange and professional clothing for people in job training programs. You can donate by visiting their website.