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Our Mission

Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me… —Mark 9:37

The Mission of Gifts For All God’s Children is to be a conduit of God’s generous love. We provide resources focusing on the needs of underserved children while connecting them to Jesus. We do this by encouraging churches and organizations to work together to support spiritual, academic and social growth in these children.

The Vision of Gifts For All God’s Children is a world where all children are thriving and connecting to Christ.

Our Story

In 1987, Gifts For All God’s Children began at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, Michigan as an advent ministry to aid underserved youth. That year, 187 children received Christmas gifts. This outreach has expanded due to a growing number of people in churches, private and public schools, organizations and businesses sponsoring children, making donations, or volunteering.

In December 2021 we were able to provide more than 2,600 children with a total of 13,000 Christmas gifts. Since 1987, more than 77,000 children have been served! Along with the sponsors in churches, businesses and schools who purchased beautiful gifts, thousands of gifts were shopped for and wrapped at our “Christmas Workshop” in Auburn Hills. Large bags of gifts were distributed to the children at Christmas parties, after church services, or delivered to their homes.

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Stories of Impact

GFAGC has ‘sponsored hundreds, maybe even thousands of children, children who are homeless, living in our shelters, without the necessities and comforts the rest of the nation takes for granted.

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Dr. Chad Audi, President and CEO of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
Detroit, Michigan

For more than 20 years, Gifts For All God’s Children has been blessing the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries with love, compassion and generosity.

Over the years, Gifts for All God’s Children has sponsored hundreds, if not thousands of children—children who are homeless, living in our shelters without the necessities and comforts that the rest of the nation takes for granted. They have given parties for our sheltered families, provided ministry luncheons and donated truckloads of baby supplies, furniture, clothing, and hygiene products. In addition to the time spent in our facilities and with our clients, Gifts for All God’s Children routinely prays for us—our organization, clients and volunteers—and they respond to our requests and needs without hesitation, and for that, we are forever grateful.

GFAGC HAS BEEN PROVEN EFFECTIVE BY TOUCHING THE LIVES OF OVER 77,000 CHILDREN IN THE PAST 35 YEARS…..​

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Pastor Asaph James, East Bethlehem Lutheran Church Detroit, Michigan

It has been my pleasure to serve as Chaplain for Gifts For All God’s Children for the past five years. This organization has blessed our church and neighborhood with special events that give Christmas gifts, holiday parties, and school supplies to children in the Detroit area who otherwise would not have gifts or the essentials for school and home. They do this while lifting up the person and name of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus tells us, the laborers in His harvest field are few in number, but with His anointing and power of the Holy Spirit, few can be effective. Gifts For All God’s Children has been proven effective by touching the lives of over 77,000 children in the past 35 years through gifts, events, and prayer. In fact, they have established an Adopt-a-Child Prayer program where prayer partners from many churches take the name and picture of a child and pray for them throughout the year. They pray for these children specifically and corporately as a weekly scripture verse and prayer is sent to each prayer warrior. Together with all the rest of the partners in prayer, they ask the Father that these little ones be joined to Christ and grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. This enables a child to receive a blessing in the natural and in the spirit. I am sure it blesses the Father as well. The leadership and congregation of East Bethlehem Lutheran Church truly appreciate the assistance by Gifts For All God’s Children.

Pastor Asaph James
East Bethlehem Lutheran Church,
Detroit

GFAGC sponsors Adopt-a-Child programs for Christmas and prayer, the real basis for changing lives.

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Dan Karlin, Retired Minister of Social Outreach, Trinity Lutheran Church
Utica, Michigan​

Gifts For All God’s Children has been a growing ministry in southeastern Michigan for more than two decades now. Their ministry is primarily to children, but because children are such consumers of love, the love and care that Gifts For All God’s Children shows to these little ones, actually supports the family as well. With the gifts that this ministry provides at Christmas and when school begins, GFAGC is actually assisting families, often single parent homes, with clothes, toys and school supplies that these children really need. GFAGC has provided food, clothes, hygiene items and life necessities for those in need. They also sponsor Adopt-A-Child programs for Christmas and for prayer, the real basis for changing lives. Throughout the year they stay in contact with those partner churches, praying for those children, inviting them and their families to other activities to keep them linked with a Christian peer group. It’s my pleasure to support and partner with them.

Dan Karlin, Retired Minister of Social Outreach

Trinity Lutheran Church

Utica, Michigan

2021 Impact

Children received Christmas gifts across 48 sites

Children received Easter bags across 29 sites

Children received shoes

Children received school uniforms

Children received school supplies across 19 ministries

children attended 3 weeks of summer bible camp

children attended the Jim Evan's Memorial Sports Camp

children received birthday bags

students received tutoring either virtually or in person

Who We Help

  • 906 Community Church, Gwinn
  • Acclaim Ministries, Detroit
  • Bethany Christian Services, Madison Heights
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • Canfield Church of God, Detroit
  • Charity Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • Christ Liberty Church, Detroit
  • Church of the Way the Truth & the Life, Detroit
  • Community Treehouse Center, Detroit
  • Crossbridge Mt. Hope Preschool, Allen Park
  • *Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM)
  • Divine Restoration Ministries, Detroit
  • East Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • Epic, Shelby Township
  • Faith Clinic Church of God, Detroit
  • Franklin Avenue Mission, Flint
  • Gateway Church of the Nazarene, Detroit
  • Good News Gang, Detroit
  • Grace Church of the Nazarene, Detroit
  • Hope Village, Detroit
  • House of Hope, Oxford
  • Kingdom Dwellers Ministries, Highland Park
  • Lighthouse Outreach Center, Roseville
  • Maiden House Ministry, Detroit
  • Mended Hearts, Detroit
  • Messiah Church, Detroit
  • Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • Mt. Zion Youth Outreach, Ecorse
  • New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit
  • Pan de Vida, Detroit
  • Pathway to Christ Ministry, Detroit
  • Peace Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • POBLO, Clinton Township
  • Power Company Kids Club, Pontiac/Detroit
  • Pure Word Missionary Baptist, Detroit
  • Shadow of the Cross, Farmington Hills
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • St. Paul Community Lutheran, Pontiac
  • St. Philip Lutheran, Detroit
  • Victory Lutheran, Gwinn
  • Victory Outreach, Detroit
  • Wellspring Lutheran Services, Farmington Hills
  • York Avenue Mission, Flint

Your donations make a HUGE Impact

Gifts For All God's Children pie chart for year end expenses June 30 2021

Our Board

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Dr. Ingrid Draper, Chairperson

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Marsha Bauer, Immediate Past Chairperson

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Karen McClelland, Secretary

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John Doerer, Treasurer

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Pastor Asaph James, Member at large

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Brad Flaaen, Member at large

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Patti Jacques, Executive Director

Our Team

* Denotes Volunteers

Patti Jacques*

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Carol Townsend*

Co-Founder

Megan Keup*

Development

Kendra Corman

Marketing

Maureen Hennessy*

Bookkeeper

Janine Runey*

Payroll Specialist

Bill Field*

Digital Ministry Architect

Kevin Hendricks*

Information Technology Specialist

Marsha Bauer*

Immediate Past Board Chairperson, Receipts, Easter Basket Assembly, Uniform Chair, Volunteer Coordinator

Karen McClelland*

Board Secretary, School Aid Chairperson

Lynn Clark*

Christmas Workshop Co-Manager

Nancy Raz*

GFAGC Workshop Co-Manager, Hygiene Chairperson

Cinda Rice*

Book Manager

Carolyn Mudge*

Community Outreach Coordinator

Carlyn Roth*

Prayer Chairperson

Cormellon Dixon

CKC Center Director

CKC Tutoring Center

Pat Sanders

CKC Tutoring Center Curriculum Director, Summer Camp Director 

Susan Gawencki*

CKC Tutoring Program Curriculum & Design Consultant

Liliana Sanders

Online Technician, CKC Tutoring Online  

Jackie Wynes

CKC Tutoring Center, Operations Director

Teresa Jetton

CKC Tutoring Assistant Operations Supervisor

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2020 Annual Report

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2019 Annual Report

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2016 Annual Report