Mantel of Giving

Each year we partner with a school in downtown Newark to bring some holiday cheer to our young friends. Each child is asked to put three wishes on an ornament and we ask our congregants to sponsor a child(ren) and at a minimum grant one of the wishes as well as give them at least one of the books on the list provided.


A big thank you to each and every person who participated in our annual Mantel of Giving program in 2016! Because of you, 150 children in the Newark School System each got a gift and a book on December 13th, delivered personally by Santa. For many of these children, it’s the only holiday present they would have received this Christmas. Many of them live incredibly difficult lives. UUCM made a huge difference in the lives of these young kids, even if it was just for the day. We cannot thank you enough! A big shout out to Lawrence Ramsey, our superlative Santa Claus, and all the on-site adults who took the day off work to make sure all would go smoothly.

Love and hugs until next year!
Kate Conroy

Photos from the Mantel of Giving over the years: