“Gifts for Jesus”

Since becoming parents to their two young daughters, the Phelps Family from Collierville UMC wanted to teach their children how to give back to others.  Dustin and Allison recently celebrated their youngest daughter, Molly Kate’s, 2nd birthday. Instead of invited guest bringing presents for the birthday girl, they were asked to bring “Gifts for Jesus” for Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund.

“Gifts for Jesus” is the name the couple came up to help their young children (Georgianne- turning 4 in January and Molly Kate-2) better understand the family tradition of giving back to the community.  Both lifelong Methodist, growing up in the Memphis and Dyersburg Districts, Dustin and Allison wanted to instill in their children the lessons their parents taught them growing up.

“By starting at a young age teaching the girls to give back to others within the community, they will continue to grow in what they already know as they get older”, Allison says.  This year, the family chose Golden Cross as the recipients of the “Gifts for Jesus”.  Party goers were asked to bring paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and Kleenex for the nearly 2,000 senior residents living in 29 Wesley Living communities.  “My heart was overjoyed when the family gave me the donations to give to the residents”, said Kristi Henson Owens, Executive Director of Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund “What a beautiful and powerful message for a family to share with others”.

The family has given “Gifts for Jesus” to many local missions including Bread of Life at Covington First UMC where Dustin’s mother Rev. Grace Phelps is the Minister of Program and Outreach. “We cannot wait until the day that the girls are old enough to deliver the gifts themselves. This is our way of witnessing to others and spreading the word about giving”, Dustin adds.

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