The Thanksgiving Food Distribution is now only a memory, but what a memory! We had 52 volunteers help to set up the sanctuary on Sunday afternoon and 49 help with the distribution on Monday. The workers outside loading boxes in client cars faced adverse weather conditions including rain and wind, but they persevered and managed to give food to 251 families. Each family received four cartons of food and a bag of health care products, which means that over 1200 packages were handled in one day! The work didn’t stop then, however. Jack, Jay, and Tom delivered food to 21 shut-ins on Tuesday, gave food to six more on Thursday, and 16 clients came for food on Friday – and there were more families served Thanksgiving week. Which brought our total to 314 families. “This is a mixed blessing,” said Jack Warntz. It is a record for the food pantry and we are so blessed that we can serve so many people, however, it is such a sad fact that there are so many in need right in our community. Thanks to all who helped complete this overwhelming outreach mission here at Grace Lutheran.
Our next packing dates are December 6 and 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m. If you have not helped with the packing, it is a very satisfying activity for adults and children as well. Think about making this a Christmas activity for your family.
We are in need of children’s clothes (especially girls’), children’s toys, stuffed animals, and knick-knacks for our Christmas distribution on December 15. If you have any of these items, please consider bringing them to church before December 14 so they can be included in our set-up. If you need assistance in bringing donations, please contact Jack or Ellen and we will pick up your things.