Hooray! Hooray! For the past two years, Covid may have changed the way we did Undecorate the Tree, but this year the tree will be up again and decorated with red and green paper candy canes – just as it has been for over twenty years. This First Parish tradition lives on!

Undecorate the Tree is an opportunity for our community to share our gifts with mothers and children who have survived domestic violence and who are facing enormous challenges. On Sunday, November 6, the tree will be up and decorated in the Commons this year. Each green candy cane is a mother’s gift wish; each red cane is a child’s wish. If you attend Sunday services in person or want to come by during the week, please consider signing out a candy cane or two. Gifts need to be returned by Sunday, November 27.

If you are attending services on Zoom, you can participate by sending a check made out to the Alliance of First Parish Wayland and we’ll purchase a Target gift card for you. Target remains the mothers’ gift card of choice. Checks should be mailed to Pat Sims, to be received no later than November 27.

A third way to participate is to purchase a Target gift card and drop it off in the collection box by the back parking lot entrance to First Parish.

This is our 17th year partnering with REACH, an agency in Waltham dedicated to the safety, healing, and empowerment of survivors of domestic violence. To learn more about their impressive work, go to www.reachma.org.

There are many ways we can express our commitment to social justice. Please consider providing financial support and bringing holiday cheer to the moms and their children who have survived domestic violence. The moms and kids thank you.

Pat Sims for the Alliance’s Undecorate the Tree Committee: Linda Collins, Lois Doerr, Peggy Holland, Marney Ives, Suzanne Reitz, Suzanne Woodruff, and honorary members Steve Collins and Keith Sims and the Alliance board: President, Melinda Morgan; Vice  President, Penny Beer; Treasurer, Penny Wilson; and Secretary, Kathy Heckscher.