As Thanksgiving approaches, we, the Homelessness Task Force, want to share our THANKS for your generosity and response to our commitment to help children and families in the FWCS system who are homeless or facing hardships… a home fire, foster care, abandonment and other life situations.
We learned in 2016 that FWCS expected to assist over 1000 homeless children…kids that would be coming to school perhaps without coats, with shoes with holes in them….but still, students expected to focus, read, learn and take tests.
Jesus challenges us to, “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, help the poor and we brought this challenge of homeless children to you, our congregation! And, you have responded with love and generosity!
Thank you for giving…..shoes, socks, underwear, jeans, hygiene products….all priceless to children in need!
In 2016-2017, 851 students were served by the FWCS clothing bank, and this school year already, 613 have been served. According to FWCS, “so far in this school year, we are 2/3 of the way to our total number of students served last year and it is not even 1/3 of the way into the school year! We continue to serve record numbers of students experiencing homelessness. We attribute this to improved awareness, enhanced relationship building with community organizations, and the support of volunteers who amaze us in their generosity! Volunteers have truly made this possible with the donations of their time and treasure”!
At SJUMC, each month, we have a monthly theme of “most needed items”
November’s need is for hygiene products….shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, feminine pads, brushes, combs.
December is for shoes and boots…..sizes little kids size 12 up through size 13, both boys and girls. Shoes can be gently used, or new.
Donation bin is in the hallway outside of sanctuary……you donate……we on the task force both deliver and assist in the clothing bank to sort and distribute clothing which is all managed by school case workers.
Thanks again for your generosity…..and for loving and serving homeless children in our community!