We’re happy to share the following stories and experiences, as written by individuals and ecclesias who have participated in outreach initiatives.

Our hope is that by sharing these stories, others will be encouraged and inspired to do the same whenever the opportunity arises (Galatians 6:10).

February 2021
Pittman Family
Norfolk, Virginia
Recipient: JJ Bags
Initiative: Knit2Gether
My daughter and I have been knitting items – hats and Easter bunnies – to donate to children in foster care. To find somewhere to drop off the items locally, I searched Facebook for groups to donate to and one called JJ Bags came up.   The objective of JJ Bags matched what we were looking …
March 2021
Church of the Blessed Hope, Unionville
Panesville, Ohio
Recipient: Sub Zero Mission
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
We dropped off 20 sleeping bags to Sub Zero Mission located in Panesville, Ohio.  They help the homeless stay warm by providing sleeping bags, coats, hats, boots, gloves. They collect these items and deliver them to the unsheltered homeless, during winter in northeast Ohio and other regions. We also work with other organizations to find …
January 2021
Keene Family
Kingston, Ontario
Recipient: Community Friends in Motion
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
Q:Who you are (ecclesia / group)? A: Justin & Abi Keene, Mike & Sharon Keene, Kingston, Ontario Ecclesia Q: Which charity was the recipient of your donation? A: Community Friends in Motion Q: What does your charity do? A: “We are a group of friends in Kingston Ontario who volunteer to serve our community by …
December 2020
Toronto East Ecclesia
Toronto, Ontario
Recipient: Covenant House, Toronto
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
I am Andrea from Toronto East Ecclesia. The charity which received the sleeping bags was Covenant House, which is a homeless shelter for youth in downtown Toronto. They help support youth who have been abandoned, trafficked or are experiencing different kinds of homelessness in Toronto. I felt that helping link up the garden with Covenant …
December 2020
Bedford Ecclesia
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Recipient: Shelter Nova Scotia
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
The following is a summary of our experience with the Bags of Love project. When we dropped the sleeping bags off it was very early in the morning, and with Covid there was no contact with the Staff. Therefore, we were not able to take any photos of the facility or the recipients. The charity …
February 2021
Los Angeles Ecclesia
Whittier, California
Recipient: The Salvation Army, Whittier Corps
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
Dear WCF and the Garden Outreach Project, Greetings from Southern California! Thank you for your compassionate efforts. I received the sleeping bags last week, it took me a few days to get in contact with a shelter in my area. Originally I wanted to give them to a woman’s and children’s crisis center, but I …