On Thanksgiving we gave out 7 food baskets to families in need within the community. For Christmas, 12 food baskets were distributed. The angel tree donations resulted in 23 children receiving gifts. The generosity of this congregation is without limits. You have lifted a burden off the shoulders of God's children in need. I know you will be blessed for your help.
Food baskets are designed to feed a family not only for the holiday but for a week. Each basket contains the following:
- 2 vegetables
- 2 fruits
- 4 lbs. ground meat
- sweet potatoes
- 2 desserts
- spaghetti sauce
- and butter
We received the names of these families from our church members, First Contact, and people calling the church asking for help. No one was turned away. The food was purchased from funds in a grant that was set aside for this purpose and supplemented by donations from our congregation.
The angel tree names came from the families. Their children were asked what they wanted from Santa and an angel was placed on a tree in BLC's lobby with their request.
WELCA has an envelope that is passed around at each monthly meeting. These donations are set aside for children at Christmas. Each year, a family in most need is selected and the collected money is used to purchase gifts for children in this family. This year we had enough not only to do this but to also give gifts to the last-minute requests for the angel tree.