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!