The Advent Social Outreach team organizes events that benefit the local community, as well as national and international efforts in humanitarian support. Throughout the calendar year, the team leads and participates in various fundraisers and "drives" which allow Advent members to share in giving, along with operating a food bank for the surrounding area.
In May 2020, we are putting together care packages for the 100 or so nurses/staff at Clear Creek Care Center. They have taken good care of our Advent members in the past and so we are looking to return the good will. We are looking for the following items to put in the care packages:
candy/small packets of cookies
powder to put into bottled water to give it some flavor
little/travel-sized bottles of lotion
trial/travel-sized bath products (essential oils, salts, etc.)
comics/things to make them laugh
hot chocolate/tea packets
$5 gift cards
chap stick/lip balm
If you want to donate anything else you think they'd appreciate, please make sure it's a small item as the gift bags are not very big. You can drop off your donations in the same place food bank donations go (in the big brown box between the two sheds on the south side of the church).
Because of your generous donations local children had a merrier Christmas! Twenty-one students from nearby Gregory Hills Early Learning Center received both a toy and a need (clothing, shoes, or other necessity).
Thank you for “spreading the warmth” through your donations to the winter coat drive. We were able to give several bins filled with gently used coats and sweaters to the Have-a-Heart Project. With cold weather already upon us, it is wonderful to provide essential clothing to those in need.
The Social Outreach committee will be collecting food items for the Thanksgiving baskets in
November, so please look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex. These baskets will go to families with students at nearby Gregory Hills Preschool. Please bring all items by Tuesday, November 19th so baskets can be assembled on Wednesday and Thursday for delivery to the school on Friday, November 16th.
In December, we will also be doing Adopt-a-family for children from Gregory Hills Preschool. Each child will have a need (i.e. clothing) and a want (i.e. toy) identified for gifts. Look for more information around the end of November.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the “Fill the Bus” School Supply Drive. Because of your generosity, the bus was overflowing with a variety of much needed supplies. Students at two local schools will receive the items and be ready for a successful school year!