Christmas Fund Special Mission Offering
Christmas Fund Special Mission Offering – December 22, 2013
The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is a unique Special Mission Offering of the United Church of Christ that affords us an opportunity to recognize and honor those who serve our beloved Church.
One of the special aspects of the Christmas Fund is that the funds do not support programs, make grants to institutions, or fund advocacy programs, but rather, they provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC clergy and lay employees.
Some form of Ministerial Assistance was provided to approximately 1,600 persons during 2012.
- Christmas Gift checks were sent to approximately 880 persons in 2012. Of those who received checks, 23 are 100 years of age or over. The two oldest persons are 107. One person has received Christmas checks continuously since 1976. The 880 gifts total $352,000.
- Monthly pension supplementation is being provided to 395 persons. These gifts total $115,024.92 per month. A significant part of annual total of $1,255,885.20 comes from the Christmas Fund. (2012 data)
- Quarterly health premium supplementation is being provided to 228 families, totaling $132,419 per quarter. All of the funding for health premium supplementation is derived from the Christmas Fund. (2012 Data)
- Emergency Grants totaling $68,713.48 were provided to 43 individuals and families from January 1 through December 31, 2012.