New Opportunities for Derry’s Giving Tree

Derry Township Social Ministries (DTSM) has made the difficult decision not provide gifts to families from the Giving Tree this year. Children of families in need will receive gift certificates donated by Old Navy at the Hershey Outlets to purchase clothing. 

Recognizing Derry Church’s past generosity in supporting the DTSM Giving Tree, our Mission & Peace Committee offers an alternative: donations of gift cards for families in need in our community. To simplify distribution and protect the health and safety of volunteers, DTSM requests donations of WalMart gift cards in $25 denominations. If you wish to make a cash donation, committee members will purchase gift cards on your behalf. Gift cards and cash or checks may be dropped off at the lower level/office entrance.

The Giving Tree will be in place on Thanksgiving weekend. You’re invited to decorate the tree with winter hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves that will be distributed to families in need in local school districts. Deliver all gift cards and winter apparel to the church by Sunday, Dec 6.

The Mission & Peace Committee has set a goal of 150 gift cards that will be distributed to DTSM families, the Race Track Ministry at Penn National Race Course, and to support emergent needs seen by church staff through the holidays. The committee thanks you for your continuing, generous support of families in need in our community.