We are a collecting 2018 calendars, either full-size or pocket size for area social service agencies to assist families and individuals in tracking appointments and special days.
During the month of January our PROJECT HOPE is Night to Shine. This program provides “an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 14 and older”, who may not have the opportunity to experience a prom. Each individual experiences the excitement of dressing up, food, pictures, dancing, karaoke, being crowned king and queen of the prom, all within a safe environment. These proms are supported by the Tim Tebow Foundation and are hosted in churches around the world. This is our 4th year to be collecting make-up, nail polish… as each girl receives their own special salon treatment. The boys get their shoes shined. We are collecting brown and black shoe polish and supplies. Our supplies will be delivered to our region’s Night to Shine in McMurray, PA which will be February 8th, 2019. Last year 90,000 guests were crowned kings and queens of the prom at 537 host churches in 6 continents on one night. Final drop off date for these items is Sunday, February 3rd so they can be delivered on Monday, February 4th. If you want additional information about our region’s Night to Shine Prom, please contact Gwen.
Donations must be dropped off / brought in by Sunday, February 3rd.
During the month of February our PROJECT HOPE is Beverly’s Birthdays. This local organization provides birthday parties and supplies for children who are living in shelters or due to their life circumstances may not otherwise be able to enjoy a birthday celebration. We will be collecting NEW UNOPENED party themed paper plates, cups, napkin, plastic ware sets, cake mixes, icing and birthday candles. This organization has done an amazing job providing smiles to children through their very special birthday celebrations.
PROJECT HOPE UPDATES & HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018
During 2018 we extended hands of hope through 163 in-gatherings, activities, and on-going donations to 118 organizations!! Of these, 75 organizations are local (Synod-wide). We reached out to 54 organizations that are faith-based (of these 16 are Lutheran-affiliated). Please see the displays in the narthex and congregational report for details. Some highlights include….
¨ We continued to be Drop Off Sites for the Mister Roger’s Sweater Drive, Operation Christmas Child, Project Linus, Project Prom & Project Bundle Up.
¨ Over 1,000 winter coats and MANY accessories have been donated to Project Bundle Up since we started our ingathering 8 years ago.
¨ We added being the drop off location for Operation Gratitude’s left over Halloween Candy for our troops
¨ We thanked our First Responders through our 4th Annual Blessing of the First Responders and their Vehicles on Sept. 16. This was enjoyed by all and the food was YUMMMY!
¨ We delivered a truck load full of shoes to the Ohio drop-off site for Soles for Souls. Thank you Fred for driving and your vehicle!
¨ We were again chosen as the donation designee for Just Between Friends, East. This allowed us to distribute clothes and toys to a number of children and youth through local organizations. Thanks to our drivers that pick up and unload the items, the many wonderful volunteers and Helping Hands who take off the tags, sort and pack the items.
May our hearts and hands continue to be open as God continues to use us as instruments of hope to our neighbors and those around the world during 2019!