We hosted another very successful Red Cross blood drive at our church! Our goal continued to be 39 pints, but we had 65 appointments and collected 53 pints! We want to thank the blood donors, the Boy Scouts for assisting in setting up and packing up the equipment, and the members who made cookies and the members who hosted the drive on Saturday, December 3.
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan helps provide food to the hungry in 22 counties in the eastern half of Michigan. Over 19% of the people in eastern Michigan are food insecure. There are 400 partner agencies in these 22 counties that work daily to distribute this food. 98% of the money raised goes toward services.
Through your pledges to our church’s program, the mission committee makes donations to the Food Bank. In addition, our members have supported their Empty Bowls fund raiser in September as well as volunteering our hands to assist them in sorting food for distribution.
On November 12, fourteen volunteers from our church spent the morning sorting food for distribution to the partner agencies. Our volunteers working with another group of volunteers sorted 25,000 pounds of food!
The Mission committee wants to thank our members for their numerous methods of supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan!
On Saturday, September 24, a group of volunteers from our church had a wonderful time assisting Adopt-a-Pet. We socialized their animals, painted a shed and benches, picked up trash, and built storage shelves. Since 2006, Adopt-a-Pet has found homes for over 3000 cats and dogs and funded veterinary care for some very sick animals. Their objective is “to find loving homes for homeless dogs and cats as well as assist people in the community to find homes for their personal animals.”
On Thursday, September 22, twelve of our members went together to the Empty Bowls fund raiser for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. For $20.00, each person selected a ceramic bowl to take home that was made by local artisans as well as enjoyed numerous bowls of soups and breads from area restaurants. Over 99% of the money raised goes into supplying over 12 million pounds of food each year in 22 counties of Michigan!
The Genesee County Habitat for Humanity is building 6 new homes in the Flint area this year. A group of 10 volunteers from our church assisted on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Our group painted the stairway walls and ceiling, laid a wood floor in one bedroom, leveled part of the yard and then seeded it, spread mulch around the house exterior and prepped a closet for the door. We had a very rewarding time and also met the new homeowner Shameka McDowell.
Shameka’s current residence, which needs major repair, is located in a very unsafe neighborhood. Shameka is very excited about her new home and is putting in a lot of “equity hours” in building it. “I have been working hard in trying to find a simple, affordable home, for myself, my disabled mother and grandfather. A place where we can live, laugh and love, without the worry of not feeling safe when you go to bed.”
Four youth went shopping to purchase school supplies and clothes for our Deacon’s Back-to-School project. They choose five children to shop for with money donated by some of our church members. These youth were very good stewards of the money they were allotted, and bought fashionable and quality items. The youth also wrote personal letters to each child letting them know they are loved and wishing them a successful school year. Youth group looks forward to helping with this project again next year!
Ten volunteers from our church traveled to the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint on Saturday, June 25, to prepare and serve a lunch to people in crisis. We served about 70 lunches. Everyone was very appreciative and we enjoyed our time together.
We had another very successful blood drive at our church this June. Most of the donors used the new Rapid Pass system very successfully. After a very busy start at 9 am, the arriving donors were processed very promptly the rest of the day. We had 43 people come to donate and 39 units were donated. We express our sincere appreciation to the blood donors as well as to the Boy Scouts for setting up and taking down the equipment and to the various volunteers from our church who supplied cookies and hosted the event. We especially thank Norma Witten for organizing our blood drives for over 20 years.
Tri-County Christmas In Action performed significant home repairs to a Fenton Township house owned by a senior with disabilities on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Ten adults and eight youth volunteers from our church worked at the house on Main Road. Our team helped to paint the outside of the home, stain the front deck, clean the home, repair the downspouts, weed the planting areas and spread mulch. Other volunteers at the house moved the laundry room from the basement to the main floor, installed a shower in the bathroom and installed a new kitchen ceiling fan. The homeowner was very appreciative!
On Saturday, February 27, ten volunteers from our church traveled to the Shelter of Flint to help prepare an apartment for transitional housing as well as to sort donated clothing and new toys for the guests there. The apartment needed the walls, ceilings, floors, refrigerator and stove washed. In addition, we installed new venetian blinds, a closet doorknob and a new kitchen light. Sorting the clothing makes it available to the guests. The new toys are sorted and saved in the “birthday closet” to serve as gifts for the children when their birthdays arrive. The Shelter of Flint is a multi-faceted organization that provides much-needed emergency and transitional housing for the homeless as well as numerous programs to help the homeless find their way to a better life.