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

Hilton Pres halloweenHilton Halloween - candy donations needed no later than Oct. 28!
Due to the pandemic, trick-or-treating has been deemed a "high risk" activity. As such, we have decided to forgo our usual Halloween presence this year. Hilton Presbyterian has come up with a wonderful COVID-safe alternative and we can help. They will be collecting food donations for THRIVE and handing out treat bags to those donating food. If you would like to support them by donating bags of candy for treat bags, bring them to the church and we will get them to Hilton Presbyterian.

Blessing and Hygiene Bags
When folks in need of food go to THRIVE Peninsula, they are given a Blessing Bag to take home along with their food.  When folks check in at the PORT Winter Shelter each night, they are given a hygiene bag.  Each bag may contain a roll or two of toilet paper, a mini packet of tissues, a mini bottle of hand sanitizer, a medium sized bar of soap, and any other toiletry items which may have been donated, such as travel size toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, and conditioner.  We would like to begin collecting these items between now and November 16.  The items may be dropped off in St. Nicholas Chapel during this period.  We have volunteers who will assemble the bags on November 19, and then they will be taken to THRIVE and LINK for distribution.  Please remember that “mini”, “travel”, and “medium” are the key words for your shopping.

The MAGIS Are Coming (Mittens And Gloves Including Scarves)
After an extensive conversation with the coordinator of the Downtown Christmas Party, the decision was made NOT to hand out bag lunches this year.  We would have no way to plan accurately for the number of people attending three different parties that are being offered for the homeless, which might be as few as 25 or as many as 500 or 600.  Therefore, St. Andrew’s will not be having Turkey Sandwich Day this year. However, we need you to be Magis and help provide warm mittens, gloves and scarves for those who do attend any one of three parties.  As a Magi, we are asking you to make a monetary donation rather than going shopping yourself.  We have shoppers lined up to buy these warm items in the quantities we anticipate that are needed.  It would be helpful to receive all donations by Monday, November 30.  Please make your checks payable to St. Andrew’s with MAGIS in the memo section. 

Applications for Lackey Outreach Fund Grants Now Being Accepted
Thanks to a substantial trust left by Carolyn Lackey to benefit the less fortunate, St. Andrew’s has distributed to numerous charitable organizations since 2014.  Some of those worthy organizations include LINK, THRIVE, Holy Cross, Kairos, Newsome Bailey, Soundscapes and many more. Parishioners can nominate organizations for funding via an application found here.  The application can be completed by someone from the organization, or a parishioner can complete it on behalf of an organization with which they are involved. Organizations that have received a grant from the Lackey Fund in the past must also reapply.  Applications should be returned to the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 45 Main Street, ATTN: Diana Skelton, Newport News, VA 23601 or electronically via email to dskelton3@cox.net. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2020. A committee will review all applications based on the guiding principle that “the money follows our people”; in other words, top priority will be given to organization in which parishioners are actively involved. The Outreach Team appreciates your support in getting the word out to those organizations already receiving Lackey Funds and any new organization you would like us to consider.

Meals for Newport News
THRIVE Peninsula will be partnering with World Central Kitchen, the City of Newport News, and a handful of other agencies to provide 75,000 hot meals to Newport News residents between now and December 31.  The meals come directly from local restaurants who are being compensated to prepare them.  These meals are intended for any Newport News family who is facing hardship or is food insecure.  If this program would be a benefit to you and/or your family, please contact Anne Kirchmier at annekirchmier.saec@gmail.com.

PORT volunteers needed – helping the homeless this winter
PORT serves the homeless in our community during the winter by providing meals and a warm, safe place to sleep each night.  St. Andrew’s has been a part of the program since it began many years ago.  Because of the pandemic, a new way of doing things has been devised in order that volunteers and PORT guests will be safe. Please volunteer to help in one of these ways:

PORT Food preparation volunteers: (Temple Baptist Church, December 15, 1:30 – 6:15 pm)

  • LINK of Hampton Roads will provide PPE (gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) to all volunteers
  • All food preparation will be done at Temple Baptist Church, where they have a commercial kitchen.  Enhanced hygiene measures will be in place. 
  • We need 6 volunteers to serve and prepare dinner, and prepare a “bag” breakfast for the next morning.  Email Rachel Roby to volunteer (saec0371@gmail.com)
  • Volunteers need to arrive at Temple Baptist by 1:30 on December 15 to prepare dinner and serve the meal from 4:30-6:15.

PORT Site volunteers: (December 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm)

  • After having dinner at Temple Baptist, guests will be transported to 3 different locations: Greek Orthodox Church (8 volunteers needed), Denbigh Presbyterian (8 volunteers needed) and Peninsula Rescue Mission (2 volunteers).
  • Site volunteers will work from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Click here to sign up: https://signup.com/go/qbHOttb (Volunteers need to individually sign up)
  • All sites will be set up and cleaned to meet Covid requirements – plexiglass dividers, daily cleaning of all surfaces utilized, fogging, hepa-filters running at night to help clean the air.  The cleaning company has been certified through W.H.O.
  • ALL homeless belongings will be kept at Four Oaks Day Support Center in lockers. This reduces handling of bags both at check in and check out and reduces contamination in the shelter.

If you have questions please contact Matt Deller (757)812-9852 or pablodeller@hotmail.com.



Last Published: October 21, 2020 9:20 AM