STORIES

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).

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Kits4Kids
September 2021
Melancthon, Ontario
Highpoint Community School, Dundalk, OntarioDundalk, Ontario
The 24 backpacks we kept have been packed and delivered. They looked really good when loaded up and we were pleased with the end result!! Our family worked on getting the items to put into them and another family also bought some items. So, all in all we were very happy with how they turned …
Kits4Kids
September 2021
Guelph Ecclesia
Hope HouseGuelph, Ontario
Last week we completed the Kits for Kids backpack initiative at the ecclesia. 44 backpacks were filled with items for the Kindergarten to Grade 2 age group. Things like pencils, erasers, glue sticks, scissors, crayons, markers etc. were put in each bag. The packs were dropped off at HOPE House. They were already co-coordinating a …
Kits4Kids
September 2021
Barrie Ecclesia
Johnson St. Public School, Barrie, OntarioBarrie, Ontario
Our Ecclesia in Barrie, Ontario accepted The Garden’s generous offer of backpacks for needy children & took up a donation to buy supplies. On Thursday, I shopped for supplies to fill the backpacks for the needy children at Johnson St. Public School, Barrie, Ontario. On Monday, Sept 6, myself & a few members from our …
Kits4Kids
September 2021
South Ozone Park Ecclesia
Public School 104, Bayswater, Far Rockaway, NYFar Rockaway, NY
We participated in the 2021 Garden Outreach Project Kits4Kids. We received 48 backpacks and filled them with school supplies for 5th graders utilizing supplies suggestions. Backpacks were donated to Principal, Deirdre Mc Shane, Public School 104, Bayswater, Far Rockaway, NY. I can’t say how long it took because purchasing and packing were done at intervals. …
Kits4Kids
August 2021
Independence, Oregon
Henry Hill Elementary SchoolIndependence, Oregon
On August 3, 2021 I met with Monica Rodrigues, Teaching and Learning Administrative Specialist for the Central School District and the Administrator of Henry Hill Grade School in Independence, Oregon to see if the school had a need for school supplies. She informed me that they serve the communities of Monmouth, Independence and other rural …
Kits4Kids
August 2021
Pittsburgh Ecclesia
Riverview School DistrictPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
On February 19, 1968, Pittsburgh TV station WQED aired its first Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood program. This children’s show, hosted by Fred Rogers, has become an iconic symbol for Pittsburgh. Mr. Rogers taught children to be kind and neighborly, and Pittsburghers are proud of being a part of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.
Kits4Kids
August 2021
San Francisco at Marinwood
John Swett Unified School DistrictRodeo, Contra Costa County, California
Thank you for sending the backpacks. They have been filled and delivered to the John Swett Unified School District. Bro Jerry Hirst is on the left in the blue shirt and Superintendent Miller is on the right. School starts tomorrow and the needy students will be well-served with the filled backpacks. Thank you again for …
Kits4Kids
August 2021
Portland Ecclesia
Vose ElementaryBeaverton, Oregon
One Friday afternoon some sisters and our Sunday School kids got together at the Portland meeting room to fill our Kits4Kids backpacks with school supplies. Instead of the usual 24 backpacks, we had 48 – due to a mix up where we were sent 24 pink backpacks instead of assorted colors. This resulted in us …
Kits4Kids
August 2021
Treasure Coast Ecclesia
Adopt-a-family of the Palm BeachesPalm Beach County, Florida
The Treasure Coast Ecclesia partnered with The Garden Outreach Project’s “Kits4Kids”. We were mailed the backpacks free of charge from The Garden and filled them with school supplies. These were donated to “Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches” on Monday August 2nd. This local organization helps families with children both homeless and at risk of becoming …
Kits4Kids
July 2021
Schooley’s Mountain Ecclesia & Onesimus
East Stroudsburg Area School DistrictNew Jersey
I live in a typical middle class, small town in America. We have a University, public library, excellent hospital, thriving Main Street, and good school systems. And yet the poverty rate hovers just about at the National Average – 17.5%.