The St. Thomas Outreach Committee has invested a quite a lot of money and energy toward improving our community in the past few months. Here is a summary.
Financial donations have been made to the following organizations:
-$2000 to the Northeast Senior Assistance Center for expenses in transporting clients;
-$300 for cab vouchers for residents of the Ronald McDonald House;
-$1500 to the Santa Fe Episcopal Mission Church Food Pantry $1500.
-We will be purchasing camper supplies for 24 Camp Capers campers from the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children and holding our annual Back to School Back Packs for Santa Fe in July and August;
-Several St. Thomas members attended Palm Sunday service at Santa Fe and presented Rosie Rodgers with a check to pay for her second Future Physician’s conference in Boston and airline tickets, courtesy of a member of our church.
-The Diaper Fund is ongoing, you may donate diapers or money and we’ll do the shopping for you.
-The Lenten “Undies for Sundays” collection sent a carload of socks, underwear and personal hygiene items to the West Avenue Compassion Clothing Pantry.
In addition to money and contributed items, Outreach Committee members are involved in a variety of ongoing activities.
Every second Monday of the month, a faithful group serves dinner at Haven for Hope and then enjoys a meal on the way home. Plans are also in the works to schedule making meals for the Ronald McDonald House. Teams of 4 would be ideal.
The Grocery Guys are in great demand on at least 2 Fridays a month hauling about 2000-3000 pounds of produce and food staples from the Food Bank to Santa Fe Episcopal for the their Food Pantry.
On April 18, six volunteers from St. Thomas drove to Seguin to help with the Diocese Habitat for Humanity Home Build. It was real muddy, but thankfully not raining that day.
Project Story Book is a non-profit that connects children with their incarcerated mothers via books and tape recordings. Mom is recorded reading the book and the recordings and books are sent to the kids. The organization is in need of new children’s books and money for postage.
We plan to have volunteers from several organizations at the August 30 Rally Day to give our church members opportunities to engage in Outreach. Anyone can be involved in Outreach and meeting attendance is not necessary.
If you have questions or wish to participate in any of our activities, please contact Judy Thompson, 887-2916.