STORIES ARCHIVE

Grow-2-Give
May 2023
Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie
Barrie, ON
Thanks so much for coming in today with such a wonderful donation! We can’t thank you enough and I know how big of an impact that makes on our residents here at the shelter. So thank you for helping us remind our women they are not alone. On most nights, we have over 30 women … Continue reading
BagsofLove
April 2023
Verdugo Hills Ecclesia
Verdugo Hills, CA
The Verdugo Hills Ecclesia in Southern California has been active donors for decades to a local nonprofit called LA Housing. Their mission is to end homelessness in the lives of children and adults across Los Angeles. Our ecclesia has helped in donating such things as the makings for Thanksgiving meals, gift cards, useful household and … Continue reading
Grants
March 2023
Schooley’s Mountain Ecclesia
Stroudsburg, PA
Once again this Spring, the Schooley’s Mountain Ecclesia donated to The Angel’s Closet in Stroudsburg PA. We have contributed to this organization for the past four years, providing baby essentials such as formula, diapers, infant clothes and baby hats knitted by one of our sisters. These items are assembled into layettes for needy mothers and … Continue reading
BagsofLove
January 2023
Stoughton Ecclesia
Stoughton, MA
Sis Jen Dineen and I coordinated with the Stoughton MA ecclesia and along with the grant money we received donations from members to fill the boxes.  Our “boxes” were drawstring backpacks.  We filled them with essentials like toothbrushes and toothpaste, tissues, feminine products, snacks; Bibles, handwarmers, gloves chapstick; wet wipes; bandaids, razors, combs and then I … Continue reading
BagsofLove
January 2023
Lancaster Ecclesia
Lancaster, PA
“This is the third time our ecclesia has donated sleeping bags. This year there were blankets, too. The two boxes were delivered to our house in two or three days. My husband, Ken, and I took them to the Water Street Mission in Lancaster. A woman there helped Ken hoist the boxes onto the loading … Continue reading
BagsofLove
January 2023
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
North Battleford, SK
Thanks so much for arranging the sleeping bag and blanket delivery! Everything arrived safely and sis. Tamar and I decided to split them between the two local shelters here in North Battleford, as both expressed a real need for the bedding when sis Tamar contacted them. The first donation went to the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter, … Continue reading
BagsofLove
December 2022
Lincoln City, OR
Lincoln City, Oregon
We live in Lincoln City, a small town on the Oregon Coast, before we moved here we vacationed here for years. During that time we were completely unaware of the discrepancy between rich and poor that both call this place “home”. Now that we do live here, full time, our eyes have been opened. I … Continue reading
Bags of Love
December 2022
Barrie Ecclesia
Barrie, Ontario
The Barrie Ecclesia members requested the Bags of Love and the $250 grant to support a local homeless shelter in one of our nearby communities.  The Lighthouse in Orillia provides meals, overnight emergency accommodation and supportive housing to those in need.  The bags, supplies bought with the grant, and a collection of donated supplies from … Continue reading
BagsofLove
December 2022
Verdugo Hills Ecclesia
Verdugo Hills, CA
Our family has had the privilege to volunteer for the last 18 years at a local Food Pantry called Foothill Unity Center. Foothill Unity Center serves 11 cities who have neighbors experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. I also worked part time as one of their volunteer program managers so I know very well the heart … Continue reading
BagsofLove
November 2022
San Fransisco Marinwood Ecclesia
San Francisco, CA
We made a donation to the John Swett School District and provided the list of items needed for the backpacks (the district will keep the excess money for their next project.) The JSUSD staff purchased and filled the backpacks. This school district has a large proportion of low-income families and the backpacks were gratefully received. … Continue reading
BagsofLove
November 2022
Halifax Ecclesia
Halifax, NS
We dropped off the sleeping bags and blankets to a charity called Out of the Cold in Halifax NS. They were extremely grateful so thank you!! Continue reading
GotYourBack
June 2022
Honesdale Ecclesia
Honesdale, PA
We received the backpacks for the GotYOURBack initiative. Today, June 26th, in lieu of Sunday School, we gathered for some fellowship time and packed the backpacks with items donated by members and some outside donations as well along with the items you provided us. It felt good to be able to help youths in our … Continue reading