VIOLA'S CHRISTMAS DRIVE FOR CENTRAL CITY LUTHERAN MISSION, SAN BERNARDINO (Viola Angebrant & Melissa Anderson)
SILENT AUCTION FOR SUMMER MOVIE SERIES TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Viola Angebrant & Melissa Anderson)
MEALS FOR CENTRAL CITY LUTHERAN MISSION, SAN BERNARDINO WHICH IS PART OF LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES (Viola Angebrant & Melissa Anderson)
COLLECTING HYGIENE ITEMS FOR CCLM (Viola Angebrant & Melissa Anderson)
FLC COMMMUNITY SERVICE (Marlene Rosselli)
1. Local community Cupboard (food bank in Menifee)
2. LSS - Our fundraising gifts were given to our local LSS, $250, rather than split it up.
3. Quilt making – NOT MEETING
4. Collected toys at Christmas.
FIRST LUTHERAN/VISTA (Eunice Hanson)
With the pandemic, a little different project was initiated for Christmas. From the website of Casa de Amparo the Cozy Comfort Kit was chosen and our church families and our Noah’s Ark Learning Center families brought new pajamas, robes, slippers, and soft blankets to the church and they were then delivered to the Casa de Amparo in Oceanside.
ST MARK’S/CHULA VISTA (Pastor Karla Halvorson)
There are two Lutheran Social Services (LSS) ministries that are housed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Chula Vista, CA.
1) Project Hand – A food bank that meets the food needs in the community.
2) Talent Search and Upward Bound – It helps 1st generation low income students to get into and stay in college.
St. Mark’s has been helping Project Hand for about nine years by establishing a dedicated fund to help support them. Sue Connors goes to the Food Bank twice a month and brings it to Project Hand. To receive food, during COVID-19, all you do is give your name and you’ll receive three days of food. A family can receive approximately two to two-and-half weeks’ worth of food at one time and they distribute food to approximately 400-500 families a month.
They are always looking to improve Project Hand; one new change will be changing from a walk up to drive-thru pick up.
ST JOHN’S LUTHERAN, KAILUA (Keala Simoes)
WOUNDED WARRIORS PROJECT:
Wounded warriors are supported every year and there is an established fund for that. But during COVID-19 this past Christmas, stockings were given filled with needed items. One person sewed the stockings using Hawaiian fabric (wounded warriors are not necessarily from HI). Keala, alone, shopped for the items to fill the stockings. She could then buy in bulk and get the correct number of items. The cost of a stocking was calculated at $25.00. An email and church newsletter went out asking members and friends to sponsor a wounded warrior for $25 a stocking. More than enough was donated so the balance went to the fund for future support.
PARITIES WITH A PURPOSE:
Prior to COVID-19, “Parties with a Purpose” were held in homes. First a recipient and their needs were selected. For instance, if baby diapers were a need at a social service agency, guests to the party would be asked to donate diapers. Then at the host’s home there would be tables of used donated items (a form of rummage sale) carefully picked through and organized. Guests then “shopped” at the tables using their donations of diapers as the “currency”. Food was served.
The “Covid Party with a Purpose” was held in a hall rather than a home. The food pantry was the recipient, so guests brought the appropriate food items. Each guest had a time slot/reservation for the time they could come and bring their donations and then shop at the tables (jewelry, Christmas items, etc). Each guest was given a mask and gloves. Two or three could come together as long as they were from the same family. The honor system was used in allotting how many items they could “buy” with the donations they had brought. Any items left on the tables at the end of the day were given to Salvation Army.