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Here are some of the ways you can get involved in St. Andrew's outreach right now.

Shoes for THRIVE Peninsula
Each year the Vacation Bible School steering committee has chosen a mission project for the children and leaders.  For three years, our project was THRIVE Peninsula.  Not only did we collect items of food, but we also collected shoes which THRIVE sends to cottage industries in third-world countries where the shoes are repaired and made available to those who cannot afford new shoes. In July, we are going to be collecting shoes for THRIVE. They can be brand new or in the worst possible condition!  Please put your donations in bags and drop them off in St. Nicholas Chapel. We will monitor the chapel daily and move the shoes to a safe location. Our parishioner, Donna Casella, has graciously offered to take our shoe collection to THRIVE.

LINK Lunch Packing in July
Link is in need of 100 bagged lunches for several dates in the month of July. Bagged lunches include a sandwich, chips, fruit, and a drink. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please reach out to Dawn Edquist at dawnwm94@gmail.com. Each volunteer will be asked to be part of a team of 4 and will assemble 25 bagged lunches individually at home - you will need to purchase/secure the food items needed. Each team will have a leader that will collect those lunches from their team. Dawn will collect the lunches from the leader(s) and deliver to LINK for distribution.

Do You Know How to Sew?
Patriots Colony, a retirement community in Williamsburg, where Travis Greenman serves as Chaplain, needs 300 masks sewn for their assisted living and convalescent center residents. Travis is asking if folks in our parish are willing to pitch in. They need the pleated kind. Elastic is hard to come by now, so people are using the pony tail ties.  Email Travis (etravisgreenman@yahoo.com)  if you can help. Thanks everyone!

Menchville House Update
Menchville House is experiencing a whole different set of issues right now.  All the children are home, and many of the residents, two nurses, are still working.  There are now 30 to 40 for three meals a day.  Expenses are of course increasing also.  Praise!  They have plenty of toilet paper - it is the most often donated item and now is the payoff.   If, as you consider all the needs you might support, you feel you can help this homeless shelter out, please donate by mailing your checks to P.O. Box 22687 Newport News, VA 23609.

A Message from THRIVE Peninsula
There is no more critical time to serve those in need than during a crisis. The families we serve are some of the most vulnerable people in our community and they will be some of the hardest hit by this outbreak. Many of us can overcome lost hours at work or incurred medical expenses but the population we serve largely cannot. Instead they are at risk of going hungry or losing the roof over their head. But that's why we're here. THRIVE is remaining fully operational, serving families with emergency food and rent and utility assistance. Since the outbreak, we have witnessed a severe spike in requests for food assistance. As other pantries are forced to temporarily close, families are turning to pantries like ours for emergency food and we are rising to meet the need. In fact, in the last two days we have served 93 people a total of 1,793 pound of food. But to continue at this pace, we need your help. THRIVE's Current Needs:

  • FOOD - Currently, our biggest need is food so we can keep our pantry stocked! Please consider donating some of the following items that are getting critically low: Jelly, Packages of Mashed Potatoes, Soup, Crackers, Ravioli, Cereal, Oatmeal, Black-eyed peas, Mixed vegetables. Donations can be made Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm at our office: 13195 Warwick Blvd, Unit 2C, Newport News. Please pull around back and call us when you've arrived: 757-877-6211 x2. We will unload it from your vehicle.
  • VOLUNTEERS - We have a need for extra hands to help pack foods for families. If you are willing to volunteer 5-10 hours a week for a couple weeks or more, please contact Mary: 877-6211 x2. We are looking for help Mon - Thurs 11am - 5pm.
  • DONATE FUNDS - Your donation will be matched!! Make your gift through our partner Benevity and it will be 100% matched so you can make TWICE as big of a difference.  While evictions and utility cut-offs are largely paused for the next few weeks, we know that we will become bombarded with requests when those hiatuses end and families are suffering from lost income and added expenses. Please consider making a donation to help families who may lose their housing because of extra costs incurred during this pandemic.

Safety Precautions We Are Taking:vWe have altered our services so we can keep serving local families but keeping everyone safe from infection. We are taking every precaution necessary including 1) The building is limited to staff or volunteers only - all donors and recipients will be served outside of our back door 2) We are quarantining canned good donations for 72 hours and boxed donations for 24 hours as per the CDC's information on how long the virus can live on different surfaces. 3) We are regularly sanitizing all surfaces and volunteers and staff are washing hands in between clients. 4) We are coordinating all financial assistance and financial coaching by phone instead of in person.

Do you know someone who needs assistance? FOOD ASSISTANCE: Call First Call for a referral: 757-594-4636. This service is open to anyone on the Peninsula and not limited by income. The family can request to come to THRIVE Monday - Thursday (call at 10:30am to request us). RENT/UTILITY ASSISTANCE/FINANCIAL COACHING: They can apply on our website (www.thrivepeninsula.org/help) or call us: 757-877-6211 x1.  Thank you for your steadfast support of our mission. Please take action today to help us lift up our neighbors in need during this unprecedented emergency. 

Sincerely, Angela York, Executive Director

LINK of Hampton Roads Needs Our Help
LINK needs the following items for hygiene kits:  soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and facecloths.  If you can provide any of these items, please contact LINK directly at 947-5880 to make arrangements to drop off the items.  LINK is open between 9:00 AM and noon Monday through Friday.

Recycle plastic
Hilton Community Playgroup is excited to partner with St. Andrew's, Hilton Community Garden and TREX. They will be collecting film plastic to earn a TREX bench for the soon to be Hilton Community Garden. Plastic that can be donated includes: plastic grocery bags, clean bread/food bags, paper towel wrapper, newspaper bags, etc. Drop your plastics in the TREX collection bin in the Main Street lobby.




Last Published: June 25, 2020 7:14 AM