SOCIAL MINISTRY & OUTREACH UPDATES
THANK YOU to all of you who continue to reach out in your own way to check in on your neighbors, making masks, running errands/groceries for our families and neighbors in need. This is truly being God’s hands. We are beginning to see the projects all you crocheters, knitters and sewers were working on during our stay at home time. Project Hope is re-organized, and deliveries and mailings are beginning to occur as more agencies are re-opening their doors. We provided donations of food and gift cards to the Penn-Trafford School District’s Backpack-To-Go and non-perishable food donations to our local food pantry at Holy Trinity. Providing food to our neighbors in need continues to be an on-going effort of our Penn-Zion’s & Brush Creek Lutheran Cooperative ministry.
SEWING FOR HOPE UPDATES
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF 75,000 FACE MASK CHALLENGE
We have had an awesome response to our commitment for the LWR Face Mask Challenge. We met our pledge. I will let you know our actual number that gets mailed out later this month. In many regions, our neighbors are unable to social distance and wash their hands due to no water or no clean water. Access to clean water and health related concerns are not new to LWR. Face Masks have been added to the Personal Hygiene Kits. So, we will add these to our on-going Sewing for Hope projects and will send when you have a filled box. Masks should be made with cotton or t-shirt type fabric. The ties may be elastic or also cotton or t-shirt fabric. Please no patriotic or religious symbols on the fabric. You may use any pattern for masks. If you need a pattern or have questions, please contact Gwen.
OPERATION GRATITUDE BANDANAS
A new sewing project is from Operation Gratitude. We have partnered with them earlier with care packages, Halloween Candy in-gatherings, and notes. They would like us to make bandana’s which are provided in each mailing to the troops. Bandanas have a variety of purposes, such as: to protect your neck from the sun, dry sweaty hands, clean binocular lenses, repair a broken strap and even be a compress dressing. These bandanas can be either 21-inch or 24-inch square when seamed and made out of 100% cotton fabric. Colors can be tan, military shades of green, blue or brown, as well as camo pattern. These need to blend with their uniforms.
During the month of June we are collecting Coloring & Activity Packs. These are small packs of coloring pages, and may include crayons, markers, or stickers. These will be distributed to programs that are serving children. Because these items are all individually packed they are meeting the current needs of programs that are serving children at this time.