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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    Red Bird Mission

    Red Bird Mission was born as an answer to a prayer. Founded in 1921, the Red Bird Mission began in the southeastern corner of Kentucky to provide education and Christian evangelism ministries to residents of that area. It is a poverty-relief organization. United Methodists of Upper New York have participated in the shoebox mission for several years.

    If you have any questions, contact David Alexander at or at (607) 743-8955. 

    Red Bird Mission in 2022 and Goal for 2023
    Types of Shoeboxes
    Drop-off Locations

    Red Bird Mission in 2022 and Goal for 2023

    In December of 2022, four volunteers from Upper New York drove two 26-foot trucks to the mission in Kentucky. They transported over 2,800 shoeboxes, over 100 new sheet sets and bedspreads, as well as numerous books, school supplies, and cleaning supplies. Thank you to everyone who donated. 

    The need for 2023 is even greater. The goal is to collect and transport at least 3,500 shoeboxes and other supplies to the Red Bird Mission the last week of November. Click here to read more. 

    Types of Shoeboxes

    There are two types of shoeboxes being collected this year- one for adults and one for children. All items should be full-size (not travel sized) and placed in a clear, plastic shoebox-sized storage container with a locking lid and label with the intended recipient (man, woman, boy, or girl). Click here to print labels. Please do not wrap the containers. 

    Click here to see the full list of items being collected.

    Drop-off Locations

    Does your church want to be a drop-off location? As of now, items can be dropped off at either the United Methodist Center in Liverpool, NY, or at Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell, NY. 

    With more than 125,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 800 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."