First Congregational Church of Albany
First Congregational Church of Albany

Adopt-a-Community Program

This year, First Congregational Church partnered with the South End Community Outreach Center for our "Adopt-a-Community" program to provide gifts for those in need. For the past few weeks, we've been collecting your donations in Palmer Hall. 


On Saturday, we finally packed up everything for delivery...

... and we're pleased to announce that your support was so great that we were able to completely fill the delivery vehicle with your donations! Together, we were able to provide toys, clothes, housewares, and other items as well as almost $300 in various gift cards to area families in need. Leslie Phalen, of the South End Community Outreach Center, was very grateful and appreciative of all your support.


First Congregational Church would like to also extend its thanks to everyone who contributed this year, making sure that all our neighbors have glad tidings this Christmas season.

First Congregational Church is pleased to announce the return of our Christmas "Adopt a Community" program! We are partnering again with the South End Community Outreach Center to provide gifts for those in need, making sure everyone has glad tidings in abundance this season.
Each year, the South End Community Center opens the doors of its community shop to families in need for "Christmas shopping." The shop is operated as a "no charge store" but is set up in a way that allows families the opportunity to select the specific items they feel are the most appropriate for their children and loved ones.
The items being requested this year are those items most needed by families in our community so more than one of the same item is always needed. We have placed a signup sheet in Palmer Hall, however you can also let us know by email if you're able to help. Here are some suggestions:
  • Black dolls - Barbie or Baby (the dolls we donated last year were very popular)
  • Toiletry sets for the teenage girls (scented lotion, shower gel)
  • Gift Cards for the teenage young men and women (Target, Wal-Mart, Claire's, Payless, Movie Passes, McDonald's, Burger King, Price Chopper, Marshall's, etc)
  • PJs for youngsters in small, medium and large 
  • Heavy PJs for older teens (they wear them to go out) 
  • Action Figures for boys under 12 
  • Warm Socks and sweatshirts
  • New underwear
  • Mittens, hats and gloves 
  • Footballs, Basketballs 
  • Stuffed Animals 
  • Sweatshirts and socks in sizes XL to 2X are popular with the "older" young men 
Gifts should be brought in by Wednesday December 10th and placed in the box in Palmer Hall or you can call the church at (518) 482-4580
Thank you!

Worship Service is held at 10:30am every Sunday and is followed by our Coffee Fellowship


405 Quail Street

Albany, New York 12208

(518) 482-4580

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