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Our Mission

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

Gifts For All God’s Children Mission is to meet needs and share the love of Christ with at-risk children in Southeast Michigan. We accomplish this by connecting children with churches and community organizations, giving gifts, and planning events.

Our Story

In 1988, Gifts For All God’s Children began at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, Michigan as an advent ministry to serve needy children. 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 2019 over 3,629 children received gifts picked out especially for them. Since 1988, the number of children served has reached more than 72,486! 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 Shelby Township. 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 61,000 children in the past 28 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 78,000 children in the past 30 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. They host and facilitate holiday parties and events for children, and always give a Christian message, hoping to connect children to Christ through the churches where they hold their events. 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

2019 Impact

Children received Christmas gifts across 61 sites

Children received Easter baskets at 32 sites

Children from 3 sites received shoes

Children at 5 sites received school uniforms

Children from 22 sites received backpacks and school supplies

Children attended 4 weeks of summer bible camps

Children attended a summer field trip

Children received quality tutoring time

Who We Help

  • Acclaim Ministries, Detroit
  • Angel Tree, Cincinnati, Toledo, Fremont, OH, Grayling MI
  • Bethany Christian Services, Madison Heights
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • Charity Lutheran, Detroit
  • Christ Liberty Church, Detroit
  • Cross bridge Preschool, Allen Park
  • Church of the Way, the Truth & the Life, Detroit
  • Community Treehouse Center, Detroit
  • *Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM)
  • Divine Restoration Ministries, Detroit
  • East Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • Faith Clinic Church of God in Christ, Detroit
  • Family 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
  • Lighthouse Outreach Center, Roseville
  • Maiden House Ministry, Detroit
  • Messiah Church, Detroit
  • Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • Mt. Zion Youth Outreach, Ecorse
  • New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit
  • Our Savior Lutheran, Flint
  • 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
  • Rochester Estates, Rochester Hills
  • Shadow of the Cross, Farmington Hills
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Detroit
  • St. Paul Community Lutheran, Pontiac
  • St. Philip Lutheran, Detroit
  • The Empowerment Plan, Detroit
  • Victory Lutheran, Gwinn
  • Victory Outreach, Detroit
  • Wellspring Lutheran Services, Farmington Hills

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Our Board

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Marsha Bauer, Chairperson

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Dr. Ingrid Draper, Vice Chairperson

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Karen McClelland, Secretary

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John Doerer, Treasurer

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Mike Pietila, Member at large

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Pastor Asaph James, Member at large

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Patti Jacques, Executive Director

Our Team

Saif Almashta

Website

Marsha Bauer

Board Chairman, Receipts, Easter Basket Assembly,Uniform Chair

Lynn Clark

Christmas Workshop CoManger

Kendra Corman

Marketing

Cormellon Dixon

CKC Center Director

Bill Field

Digital Ministry Architect

Susan Gawencki

CKC Tutoring Program Curriculum & Design Consultant

Kevin Hendricks

Information Technology Specialist

Maureen Hennessy

Bookkeeper

Patti Jacques

Executive Director

Teresa Jetton

CKC Tutoring Assistant Operations Supervisor

Karen McClelland

School Aid Chairman

Tina Misch

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Carolyn Mudge

Community Outreach Coordinator, Volunteer Appreciation Chair

Nancy Raz

Christmas Workshop CoManager, Hygiene Manager

Cinda Rice

Book Manager

Carlyn Roth

Spiritual Life Director/Prayer Chairman

Liliana Sanders

Online Technician

Jackie Wynes

Operations Director CKC Tutoring Center

Financial Information

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2018 Annual Report

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2017 Annual Report

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2016 Annual Report