The 2023 Mitten Tree is up!!!! The Mitten Tree is the UPA’s Annual giving program to REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc. REACH empowers individuals, families, and communities to overcome domestic violence – because we all deserve safe, healthy relationships.
Last year, REACH provided Target Gift Cards to over 300 families! Domestic abuse is about power and control. Giving survivors the opportunity to choose their own gifts is in line with REACH’s mission to empower survivors and give them choices to help them regain control of their lives. Gift cards also provide equity in the gifts provided for all the families that are served. The goal is to provide $100 worth of Target Gift Cards to every individual. They can do this only with the support of individuals and institutions like the UPA. You will find mittens for $25, $50 and $100 Target gift cards on the Mitten Tree.
REACH is also stocking their Holiday Gift Store for survivors at the REACH office. Survivors can “shop” for items they need/want. Again, offering choices means so much. You will also find mittens for the items that they need to stock their gift store. The mittens indicate the only items that they will accept.
Please return all items to the UPA by November 19th. You can bring them any Sunday or drop them off with Melissa in the church office. Please return the item with the mitten that you took off the tree. The mittens are distributed on the “honor system”; we are not tracking them. If you prefer to donate online, you can go to the REACH website at https://reachma.org/ways-to-give/give-now/ and give your gift to the Holiday Gift Program. Please notify Melissa (email@example.com) if you give online.
Thank you for your support of this program of the UPA Outreach Board!