BLESSING (food) BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS
We all see people who are homeless and hungry in our travels around town. To answer that need, we are making gallon bags of non-perishable food items to hand out. Keep one in your car and personally hand it out to someone. Jesus commanded that we feed the hungry and in doing so feed him as “When you do this for the least of these, you have done to for me.” We rely upon food donations and a little bit of help to make the bags. Our main coordinators for this ministry are Marilyn and Patty with help from the Sunday School. Thrivent has pledged $250 to help us purchase items we need like the gallon bags and items for the bags. Please sign up HERE on the Thrivent team if you are interested so we get the proper credit for your volunteer effort. MORE INFO
FOOD DONATIONS FOR INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES
Beginning with our “Soup”er Bowl of Cans on Feb. 3rd, we will be combining our canned good collection and fresh fruit/produce collection for Interfaith North Coastal Food Pantry on the 1st Sunday of the month. Many thanks to Doris Balsmeyer and Louise Ericson who will bring all items to the pantry.
Chance McDaniel chaired our 2016 Super Bowl of Canned Food/Fresh Produce Collection. We collected 3500 items. There is always a need so please continue to bring cans or boxes of non-perishable food, (i.e. instant meals, dry goods) and toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, razors, feminine products etc.) for Interfaith, as well as pet supplies (towels/blankets, canned dog and cat food, dry dog and cat food, toys for the animals) for the Escondido Humane Society.
Thank you for all of the support you have shown in helping us get the produce to Interfaith since we began the pilot program.
ELCA GOOD GIFTS
What a great response! Thanks to your contributions, the following gifts were purchased during Christmas 2015:
- 10 pigs
- 20 goats
- 38 chicks
- 2 alpacas
- 3 sheep
- 4 ducks
- 3 water jugs
- 1 mosquito net
- 1 blanket
- 2 school fees for a girl
- 9 textbooks for a child
- 1 food for an orphan
- 1 fruit-tree seedling
- 1 health and dental care for a child
- 2 vaccinations for a child
- 1 medicine to treat malaria patients
- 3 farming tools and training
- 30 soup kitchen for feeding 10
- 6 soup kitchen for feeding 50
Total for this two-month emphasis: $4,401
In addition, $505 was donated during our 2012 Lenten Suppers for the purchase of chicks, for a “super total” of $4,906.
Additional Global emphasis contributions are:
- $300 to Lutheran World Relief
- $2,064 to World Hunger
- $2,255 for the Malaria Initiative (mosquito nets)
Thank you from the Global Peace and Justice Committee for reaching out to so many in need.
A “THOUSAND THANKS”
to all of you who so generously, again this Christmas, gave gift cards to the Transitional Youth Academy. Due to your giving, we presented to the TYA, a total of 39 gift cards with a value of $975. As you may know, this money is used by the young people in this program to purchase everything from clothing for school, appropriate clothing for job interviews and professional events, school supplies for the class room, school sponsored sports equipment, caps and gowns at graduation time and even as rewards for outstanding grades. We are showing them that they are loved and cared for, as it may be lacking in so many of their lives! God Bless you all!
SMLC Social Concerns Committee