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The generosity of Unity of Aliso Viejo made 2013 happier and warmer for the less fortunate.

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In December, a Christmas tree was decorated with gift tags, so that members of Unity could purchase presents for children in need; the congregation collected items for Laura’s House, a non-profit organization that offers shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence; and members donated nearly 60 coats to One Warm Coat.

These activities were just part of the year-long giving at Unity. “We are always involved in outreach, depending on the need,” said Reverend Margaret Melanie, minister of Unity of Aliso Viejo. “In summer, we collect teddy bears for the sheriff’s department to carry in their cars in case they come upon a child in a crisis situation.”

In November, members of Unity participated in South County Outreach’s Empty Bowls, an international event to fight hunger. In October, Unity had its annual pet blessing in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. “I blessed many of the pets from owners in Laguna Woods who are alone, their pets being their only family,” said Melanie.

Unity has been in Aliso Viejo since May of this year. It was incorporated in 1971 as Christ Unity Church of San Juan Capistrano. Before moving to Aliso Viejo, the church was located in Laguna Hill for 15 years.

“As a small spiritual community, we realize that the needs are great, and there are other organizations who can do a better job than we can in certain areas,” said Melanie, “so each month we give ten percent of all our financial income to an organization in our community doing God’s work.”

“We feel that it is both a social and spiritual responsibility to be of service to the community we share,” said Melanie.

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