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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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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. The Upper New York Conference has participated in the shoebox mission for several years.

    Drop off your completed shoebox between Oct. 16 through Nov. 16, 2022. The trip is planned for Nov. 28 with the packing of the trucks on Saturday, Nov. 26. There is a great need this year for shoeboxes filled with personal hygiene supplies, backpacks, new blankets and sheet sets, and diapers. If you have any questions, contact David Alexander at or at (607) 743-8955. 

    Red Bird Mission in 2021
    Types of Shoeboxes
    Drop off Locations

    Red Bird Mission in 2021

    In December of 2021, four volunteers drove two 26-foot trucks to the mission in Kentucky. They transported over 2700 shoeboxes, over 120 sheet sets and bedspreads, as well as numerous books, school supplies, and cleaning supplies. This year the goal is to deliver at least 3,500 shoeboxes and other supplies. We hope you will join us in helping replenish the supplies for Red Bird Mission!

    Types of Shoeboxes

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

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

    Drop off Locations

    Albany District: Calvary UMC, Pine Grove UMC
    Binghamton District: Endwell UMC
    Cornerstone District: Ripley UMC
    Crossroads District: UNY Mission Central HUB (7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, NY): Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    Finger Lakes District: Aloquin-Flint UMC, Moravia: Christ UMC, Lyons UMC
    Genesee Valley District: Dansville UMC, Honeoye Falls UMC, Rush UMC, Spencerport UMC
    Niagara Frontier: Getzville: Asbury UMC
    Northern Flow District: Adams UMC, Watertown First UMC
    Oneonta District: Oneonta First UMC

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."