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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). If you can't purchase a plastic shoebox container, pleae use a shoe box and make sure it is sealed and labeled. Click here to print labels. Please do not wrap the containers and do not place money inside the shoebox/container.

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

    Drop-off Locations

    Please drop off your shoeboxes by Nov. 17 to the following locations:

    United Methodist Center
    7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, NY

    Endwell United Methodist Church 
    3301 Watson Blvd., Endwell, NY. 

    Aloquin-Flint UMC
    2760 St. Rt. 5 & 20, Stanley, NY

    Amherst: Asbury UMC 
    850 Dodge Rd., Getzville, NY 

    Lyons UMC
    93 William St, Lyons, NY 

    Moravia: Christ UMC
    36 Church St., Moravia, NY

    Perry: First UMC
    35 Covington St., Perry, NY 

    Spencerport UMC
    32 Amity Street, Spencerport 14559

    Unadilla UMC
    170 Main St., Unadilla, NY

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 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."