White Gifts 2022

The traditions we at Central Union Church have held dear for many generations had to be put on hold indefinitely or substantially revised to accommodate safety precautions and concerns. Our annual White Gifts program has been impacted by COVID 19, but we continue to carry out our mission of providing much-needed Christmas gifts for the social services and ministries we have faithfully partnered with for decades so that they can offer Christmas gifts to the people they serve. The majority of White Gifts go to adults and youth who are homeless or in transition due to domestic violence, injustice, and/or circumstances beyond their control. Now, more than ever, the importance of these gifts cannot be overstated.

Here is the plan:

Instead of individually purchasing and wrapping gifts, those who wish to participate can make a financial donation. Once donations are collected, a team of savvy shoppers will then purchase suitable gifts with the available funds. Our partner agencies submit a gift request form so we know what their needs are. In years past, we have given 800-1,000 gifts, shared between 8-10 agencies. Please note: Only monetary donations can be accepted.

You may donate by cash or check, made payable to Central Union Church. On the memo line, please write White Gifts.

Mail it to:
Central Union Church
Accounting Office
1660 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

You may also donate online through our website. Just click the “GIVE” button to get to our Tithe.ly giving form. In the “To:” field, click to view the dropdown menu and select “White Gifts”.

Please submit your monetary donation before December 13!

We will hold our much-loved Christmas Pageant on December 18; however, there will not be the typical “parade of gifts” as in pre-pandemic times. We cannot accept gift items for safety reasons and because it becomes a storage and security issue.

Reminder: We are NOT accepting any items for gifts, only monetary donations. This also saves you from having to shop, wrap, and wonder if you are buying the right gifts! All gifts will be pre-sorted according to each agency before White Gifts Sunday.

Mahalo for helping us to bring Christmas joy to the most vulnerable in our community. God bless you all!

—Becky Woodland
White Gifts lead volunteer coordinator