The Mission and Outreach Committee is pleased to report that we were finally able to complete and donate 60 care package kits to the Salvation Army which were picked up Thursday, July 29th. Most donations were made in January but, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Salvation Army had no clients in their building and no room for storage, Thus, we were asked not to assemble the kits. (We were not sure how we were going to be able to meet to do the task anyway! Whew!!!)
With restrictions easing somewhat, the Salvation Army contacted us as they were once again feeling a need. Your continued generosity for this annual project is greatly appreciated!
The pandemic has hit the under-homed population in Chatham-Kent very hard. Many of the groups and services that support and care for people were unable to carry out their actions as normal, and many volunteer organizations had to pause operations complete. The need for care never went away, only the ability to provide it. We are so happy that the Salvation Army is once again able to support people in need, and we want to be certain that we can provide them with the supplies they require.
Winter is the time when the need is felt most keenly, and though we have just provided a lot of kits, we know that they will be be low on inventory by this January again. We would like to be able to gather in 6 months to create more kits, so we request your help in re-supplying our shelves. In particular we need travel-size shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, as well as towels. Please reach out to any member of the Mission and Outreach committee if you have physical donations. If you would like to donate money, please direct it to church treasurer Barbara Robbins to direct it to the General Outreach Fund.
We are so grateful for all your generous donations, and in debt to our wonderful volunteers who share their time willingly so that people in need can find dignity and care within their difficult situations.