We will be continuing our quest to fill emergency shoe boxes for homebound seniors as part of Meals on Wheels. These packages will be distributed to Meals on Wheels clients for use in the event meals can’t be delivered due to bad weather or other emergency, and to others who need immediate food assistance. We are in need of shoe boxes and single servings of staple food items. Bring donations to Good Shepherd and we will pack the boxes together.
What should I bring?
Single servings of the following shelf stable food items should be selected. All food must be in original manufacturing packaging, and should be heat sealed to avoid insect access during storage. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept homemade items, or food that has been reapportioned into smaller containers. Please consider the sodium and sugar content, as well as the ease of opening containers when making food selections, but anything you might enjoy eating will most certainly also be enjoyed by our homebound friends.
Single serve container(s) (box, can, or bottle) of 100% juice
Singe serve canned, instant or shelf stable soup, stew, or casserole
Canned meat or fish (tuna, ham, chicken)
Individual serving(s) of shelf stable Milk
Single serve cups or cans of fruits and vegetables
Single serve cups of ready to eat pudding
Single serve boxes of cold cereal or
Single serve packets of instant hot cereal (oatmeal, cream of wheat)
Single serve packets of dried fruits (raisins, prunes, etc)
Single serve packets or small jar of peanut butter
Single serve packets of crackers, cheese crackers, granola bars and/or snack bars
You may also choose to add a treat or surprise like wrapped hard candy, hot chocolate packets, individually wrapped tea bags or coffee, individual packs of cookies, a puzzle, holiday napkins, or a word search or crossword puzzle book.
Please be sensitive to the varied beliefs of our participants as you select the items or write notes of encouragement.
On November 3rd, the Youth and Social Ministries worked together in an effort to pack 10,000 meals for food insecure families in our community. After services, folks gathered in the community room to work together to pack the meals. It was a fantastic multi-generational event where everyone could contribute.
The meals were picked up by the Frederick Food Bank, which is operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency, where they will be distributed to the families who are struggling with food insecurity.
Good Shepherd was able to fund this project by raising over $900 through Vacation Bible School donations, plus an additional $300 came from the sale of a Jeep bed that was used during VBS as a photo booth. It was hand crafted by one of our very own members! On top of that, all of the Gifts of Love donations from the month of October went towards the meals.
Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my siblings, you did it to me.’ “
We are again invited to participate in the of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). We are taking care of one family of 6 children this year, they are from 2 – 12 years old.
We have received a wish list for each child that has been completed by a parent/guardian. Your kindness will bring many smiles and tears of happiness and gratitude for the compassion shown by people they don’t even know.
To help you make your decision about participation, the procedures for this year are:
Don’t wrap the gifts as the Moms enjoy this task. You may wish to include bows, tissue paper, gift tags, and bags/boxes. We have plenty of wrapping paper for parents to use.
Put a label with the Family #, Counselor’s Name, and Child’s First Name on the bag or box with each child’s presents.
Include the gift receipts for each item.
If you purchase small comfort items for the parents, you may wrap those gifts.
Donations will be accepted beginning the week of November 18 and continue through the week of December 9 with the 13th as the last date we can accept donations.
Again, thank you so much for considering participation in our Holiday Gift Program. You will truly make a difference in these children’s lives and help create a happy holiday for these young victims and their families.