We are now into our Fourth Mission Quarter for the year. Our theme is Hunger & Homelessness with the focus on HomeFront, who serves the Trenton area and beyond.
This year as we head into the harvest season, a time to reflect on our abundant blessings, we know there are many who are not as fortunate.
One way the Hopewell United Methodist Church community will be sharing with others during this season is putting together Thanksgiving baskets for HomeFront, a local organization that supports at-risk families. Last year, HUMC was able to give HomeFront three completed baskets for the holiday. Wouldn’t it be great if we can more this year?
This year, we are signing up online so we can all know who is bringing what items!! This is great for you and our missions committee!!
- Once on that site, the food items are listed and are in groups of two.
- Sign up for the items you want to donate.
- There is a collection container for the food located on the sanctuary porch. You can drop off your items anytime through Nov 8.
- Sign up Genius will reflect one basket at a time, so we will communicate again when we move on to Basket #2, #3, etc.
Monetary funds are also needed to purchase ShopRite gift cards. This allows the families to purchase the turkey and other perishable items they need. Anyone wishing to contribute toward this can do so via a check made payable to HUMC and note HomeFront or go to our website and click on Donate: follow the dropdown to Outreach.
To see how HomeFront helped 1,500 at-risk families have a fulfilling Thanksgiving last year, follow this link .
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 15 – 22:
In addition to collecting food for the Thanksgiving baskets, we are also collecting non-perishable foods for HomeFront’s Food Pantry. They are asking for specific items. Please see the list below.
Canned goods (protein – like chicken/tuna, ravioli, beef stew, soup, and fruit), baby formula, dry cereal, and shelf stable milk such as (Horizon/Natrel/Parmalat or powdered milk)
A collection container for these items is also on the front porch. This collection ends November 22.
Since its beginnings over 25 years ago, HomeFront’s mission has been focused on ending homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community. HomeFront has many programs to help families become self-sufficient, working to give clients the skills and opportunities to ensure adequate incomes, and working on increasing the availability of adequate, affordable housing.
By Sue Esche, Missions Coordinator