Each spring at Parkway UCC we collect donations for Mother's Day gifts for the women (all are moms) temporarily living at St. Anne's Place.
This is a homeless shelter only 10 blocks from our church for women and their children. The average stay is 1 1/2 - 3 months. While there, they are taught computer skills, how to navigate the social service system, and other skills to help them become independent in their future. St. Anne's Place houses 16 women plus their children.
Their program director suggested these items for gifts:
body wash/body gel
charcoal facial masks (paper ones that can be found at Target)
press on nail kits
PLEASE NO nail polish or toothbrushes etc.--they already have plenty of these!
Please put the gifts into the "gift bags" in the crib by Tuesday, May 8th.
If you are unable to shop, we will be happy to help.
We are: serving the Northside in Christian love!
Care Bags for St. Anne's Place or Families Moving Forward
by Charlene Merz
Remember when you were first starting out on your own? You had a new place to live and you needed certain household supplies. What supplies did you need?
I belong to a quilt guild and I was president of that guild in 2014. When you are the president you have to come up with a service project that the members of the guild particpate in. I thought about what we could do and what ministries I love and I decided that we could make cloth bags that I could fill with starter items that families could use when they are moving from a shelter or homeless program to their very own new place to live. I explained my vision for these bags to Emily Braun and she agreed to partner with me in making this happen. She and I went to the Dollar Tree in Crystal and met with their Assistant Manager, Graham Merz. Emily and I made a list of items that we thought would be ideal for these bags and left a list at the store in case anyone came in and wanted to purchase some of the items for us. I have bought some items and Dollar Tree has donated some items and we are well on our way to filling these bags. However, there are still things we could use. If you are interested in helping, I am including a list of items that we have come up with, but we are also open to other ideas you may have. All items are trial size, 10-12 ounces or two to four to a package.
Here are some ideas:
Kitchen scrubbies, toothpaste and toothbrushes, Gain or Tide laundry detergent, Dawn dish soap, any bath bar soap, measuring cups, measuring spoons, toilet tissue, paper towels, rubbermaid, salt and pepper, Lysol liquid cleaner, dish towels and washcloths, bandaids, or any other items you decide would be good if you are just moving to a new place.
I will have a sample of one of these bags at church during coffee hour on April 15. Please contact Char Merz or Emily Braun if you have questions or would like to help or donate. Thank you!