In this time of fear and uncertainty, we believe that compassion is as important as ever. While we take care of ourselves and our families and ensure that we are doing everything needed to care for our health, we are committed to responding in a way that demonstrates the power of generosity and the confident hope we have in God. We can help to decrease some of the fear that many are experiencing as the grocery store shelves continue to empty, community meals and support programs close, people maintain a social distance and self-isolate. As a community we are choosing to share what we have with those around us who may be scared, hungry and alone. We have a number of folks who are food insecure and socially isolated who are in need of assistance at this time.
Rather than sharing our usual Friday meal, we are now providing Take Home Meal Bags that are available for pick up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-4:00 pm. We are partnering with our community to find the food and resources needed to prepare this large number of meals. We have a small group of volunteers who come together to cook and package the food while following strict safety guidelines. We have others peeling, cutting and chopping perishable food.
We have created a ‘Community Connections’ telephone buddy group where volunteers are reaching out to regularly check in with friends in our community in order to support them and determine if there are any imminent needs.This is such a crucial part of our ministry as we want to support and ensure that our friends do not feel alone during this time.
Some of you are asking what you can do to help. Firstly spread the word that we are in need of food (perishable and non-perishable) and reach out to those working in the food industry to see if they can help. We are also using an abundance of take home containers and ziplocks to package up the food for distribution. For more specific needs please see the Donations can be dropped off at the church Monday to Friday from 9am-5:00pm. We are also looking for drivers to drop off meals for those who are not able to pick up their bags for various reasons. Please contact us with specific questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 905 634-1849.
Lastly, we continue to purchase large amounts of bulk food and consumables to run the Meal Program as well as the necessary cleaning products to ensure that we follow strict safety guidelines and would benefit from any monetary donations to help us cover the costs. Below there are ways to contribute to this important community outreach.
“If you have what others need, please give generously.”
With thanks and appreciation, Lisa and the Friday Community Team
If you would like to volunteer to help in any way, please click the link to fill out the volunteer form below. https://bit.ly/2w7NGI0
If you would like to make a financial donation to support the Meal Bags please go to…
E-Transfer Email: email@example.com No security question or answer is required.
In the details section, please include your name, address, telephone number and brief description of where your offering is to be directed; i.e. Friday Night Meal Bag program. If you do not specify a direction for your offering, it will be allocated to the General Fund. If you have any questions, please call the office. 905-634-1849
or you can use Canada Helps https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/wellington-square-united-church/ Please note that 4% of your donation goes to Canada Helps as an Admin Fee.
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