Seasonal Outreach
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The Seasonal Outreach Ministry adopts families from local communities for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Want to help?  Seasonal and monthly outreach needs can usually be found on our Opportunities page.

 
Leaders: Debbie Cuneo, Lindsay Mann
 
Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me. “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You? “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’
 
To date, this ministry reaches out to families within the Perry, Plain, Lake, Minerva and the Louisville school districts.  The families are provided to us by contacts that we have at each school district. We also have the opportunity to assist families in the area that contact our church for help.   
 
During the Easter and Thanksgiving holidays we provide each family with a complete holiday meal.  The meals are given to the families about one week before the holiday. The Christmas holiday includes a holiday meal along with a toiletry basket, fruit basket, family movie night basket, and Christmas gifts for the children.  
 
To help assist in adopting families throughout the year, our ministry has fund raisers such as bake sales and a golf outing to raise money.  We also accept monetary donations during the months of October and November.  The money raised through these efforts goes towards purchasing items for the toiletry baskets, movie night baskets, and Christmas gifts for the children being adopted.   The church provides the funds needed to purchase the turkeys and hams for each holiday.  This ministry has a committee member in each Sunday school classroom that oversees the collection of meal baskets for each holiday.  Each class donates money to the committee member to shop for the holiday meal menu that has been provided to them.  
 
The organization of the Christmas holiday outreach is a little more in depth.  We have volunteers that shop for groceries and volunteers that shop for Christmas gifts.   We also have individuals that donate their time because they love to wrap gifts.  Toiletries are bought and put together to give to the families.  Shopping is done to buy family movies, card games, and movie snacks then the family movie night baskets are put together.   The Christmas shoppers have fun buying gifts from the list that is provided by each family of the needs of their children including a toy or game they would love to have.    Money is collected in each Sunday school class for the fruit baskets.  The buying of the fruit and putting the baskets together is the last thing that needs done for the project to be ready.  The children of our church make Christmas ornaments each year that are attached to the fruit baskets.  The gifts are wrapped and dropped off at Debbie’s house.  Then, each family’s Christmas items are organized and prepared for delivery or pick up.  
 
Once we have completed everything for our Christmas outreach, we begin organizing the Angel Tree.  For this outreach, local schools are contacted to see what items are needed in the schools’ clinics.  Typical items needed include shoes, socks, sweatpants, and food items for students that may come to school without eating breakfast in the morning.  Once needs are identified, angels are filled out with specific detailed information and hung on a tree placed in the foyer.  We collect items for approximately 3-4 weeks.  After collecting all of the donated items, we deliver them to the schools. 
 
It takes a lot of work and organization to complete each holiday outreach opportunity.  We would not be able to do this without our dedicated volunteers, committee members, or generous donations.  Thank you to everyone involved who helps to make the holidays a little brighter for those in need.