We hope this email finds you Safe and Well. We continue to have our Food Pantry Open every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 for meat, produce, dairy products, non-perishables and hygiene products. A Big Shout Out to Circle of Faith for providing volunteers to serve our clients on Thursdays’. In September thru November, we served 280 families and 882 individuals. Our food was also shared with Celebration Outreach, PAR/COSA, After School Program at Trinity Presbyterian, Jamestown Center, Sunshine Senior Center, two Little Food Banks, and a woman who makes meals for people who are unhoused. In November and December, we assisted 9 people with their PAST DUE electric bills. We pay a maximum of $100 per person directly to Duke Energy.
Our efforts to distribute baby/toddler clothing (NB-3T) to families safely is still A Work in Progress. We still hope to develop a process with Clothes to Kids to get the clothing to the families in our community. We are gathering names of other organizations/agencies that we might partner also. We WERE able to donate four boxes of warm clothes and diapers to Beth-El Mission in November.
We have been BLESSED many times recently. Once again the Allendale United Methodist Women handmade 50 Ditty Bags and filled them with children’s hygiene products, toys and school supplies. We received CROP WALK food donations from Lakeview Presbyterian and Circle of Faith. Operation Attack received money from the Estate of Ruthie Greenslade, an OA volunteer and friend of Lakeview Presbyterian. Thanks to volunteers from Circle of Faith and Lakeview we are also getting a FACELIFT in the distribution area of OA. The walls are being painted and the floor and baseboards are being replaced. We are very thankful for all of these contributions.
Thank you for All the Different Ways You Demonstrate Your Love of God and the People in our Community.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy 2022.
Diane Klamer/Lead Volunteer
OA needs donations of cereal/oatmeal, mac and cheese, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, soup, and vegetables. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.