Monthly Project Hope

JULY PROJECT HOPE

During the month of July our PROJECT HOPE is paper products for Blackburn Center and Feeding the Spirit. The Blackburn Center is our area’s women’s shelter for those who are experiencing domestic abuse. The Blackburn Center provides temporary housing for the women and their children, as well as counseling and other supportive services. Feeding the Spirit is a ministry out of Otterbein United Methodist Church that provides a meal on Thursday evening, fellowship, and referral services to families and individuals within the Greensburg area. Last year over 4,000 meals were served. We are collecting napkins, paper towels, toilet paper and tissues.

AUGUST PROJECT HOPE

For the month of AUGUST our PROJECT HOPE is school supplies for “Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness,” which serves children in Westmoreland County and neighboring counties. We are collecting new school supplies, i.e. pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, back packs, paper and tablets. As before, we are partnering with the Jeannette School District in providing school uniforms for children and youth experiencing homelessness or need. We are looking for the following: BOYS: Tops: Blue (powder, navy and royal BLUE) Red (true Red) or White solid collared shirts (polos, dress shirts or turtle necks-OK)-long or short sleeves. Solid sweater (in above colors) over appropriate collared shirt are OK. No manufacturer logos.   Dress Pants & Shorts: Khaki, Navy Blue or Black dress pants or shorts. Socks: Blue, Black, Brown, Red or White. Belts (optional): Brown or Black.

GIRLS: Tops: Blue (powder, navy and royal BLUE), Red (true Red) or White solid collared shirts (polos, dress shirts or turtle necks-OK)-long or short sleeves. Solid sweater (in above colors) over appropriate collared shirt are OK. No manufacturer logos. Dress Pants, Shorts, Capris, Skorts or Jumpers: Khaki, Navy blue or Black. Socks: Blue, Black, Brown, Red or White, including tights and natural colored pantyhose. Belts (optional): Brown or Black.

All items should be received by Sunday, August 19th.

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IN-GATHERING OF MEN’S CLOTHING ITEMS

We didn’t want the men to feel left out in our various in gatherings. So, we are partnering with The Men’s Wearhouse in their 12th Annual Clothing Drive. We will be collecting gently used professional attire—suits or suit coat, slacks, button-down shirts and ties. These clothing donations will be given to men in job training programs or in need of interview and business clothing to re-enter or start the workforce. Men’s Wearhouse distributed 378,000 items of clothes last year.   Whether it’s a pair of pants that is too short or a suit that no longer fits, now is the time to take it out of your closet. The clothing needs to be dropped off by Sunday, July 28th at any of our congregations.

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HELPING HANDS

Join us for a time of fellowship at Helping Hands Tuesdays, July 16 and August 20 at 10 AM and 6:30 PM at Penn Lutheran Church as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects. These monthly events are open to all ages and provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together. Please contact Gwen with any questions or suggestions for upcoming activities.