A Season of Giving

As we enter November, we usually begin the process of selling tickets for our Thanksgiving Feast.  However, this year we will have to adapt the way we celebrate Thanksgiving.  With current restrictions, we will not be able to gather around tables together for our family meal.  So, Calvary would like to turn the focus from “feasting” and center our resources on the “giving” aspect of this wonderful holiday. Luke 12:48 tells us, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” As we reflect on our blessings over the past year, yes even during a world pandemic, we know God has provided us with many provisions. We have every reason to be thankful. During this season, let’s give with a grateful heart!  Calvary is partnering with four organizations and your donations will go directly to help them continue to minister to our local community and beyond.

The Nest is a lifeline for those who are in crisis, facing adversity, or have unexpected needs. The Nest is a safe and healing place for education, counseling, advocacy, and support – reaching thousands of individuals, parents, survivors, and children each year. They provide free services in both English and Spanish.

Most Requested Items:
Infant Diapers (sizes 4-6) ◦ Infant Wipes ◦ Pull-ups ◦ Toothbrushes ◦ Toothpaste ◦ Bar Soap/Body Wash ◦ Deodorant ◦ Shampoo ◦ Conditioner ◦ Ethnic Haircare Products ◦ Ethnic Skincare Products ◦ Razors Shaving Cream ◦ Feminine Hygiene Items

God’s Pantry is a vital source of food for many Kentucky families. They would like to help provide a nice Christmas Dinner for some families within our community and state.  They are asking for the following non-perishable goods.

Green Beans ◦ Peas ◦ Black Beans ◦ Corn Cranberry Sauce ◦ Bags of rice ◦ Carrots

Rise for Richie is a program run by the family of Richie Ward, a Calvary young adult who battled childhood cancer much of his life. Richie would have to spend time in the hospital, sometimes a week at a time. While his family was fortunate enough to be close to home for the the holidays, not every child gets that opportunity. Many families celebrate birthdays and Christmas in the hospital, unable to be with family and friends. One of the small ways available to brighten up the tough times is by allowing them to choose goodies from Jarrett’s Joy Cart, named for another warrior turned angel, Jarrett Mynear. Unfortunately, the increase of older children and teens being diagnosed means the program is in need of ways to provide for older patients. This year, for Christmas, they plan to collect items and donations to purchase items that are geared more towards the teens and young adults. Below is a sample wish list for items. As always, any item you feel an older child or teen may enjoy, is a welcome gift. Thank you for continuing to help #RiseforRichie.

Body Sprays (boys & girls) ◦ Fun Socks ◦ Nail Polish & Manicure Kits ◦ Slippers ◦ Lip Gloss or Chapstick
Fleece Blankets ◦ Journals ◦ Sketch Pads ◦ Colored Pencils ◦ Hobby items: Robot Building Kits, Paper Airplane Launchers (Hobbytown or Michaels)

Louisiana has been devastated by hurricanes Laura and Delta this summer and will be confronting another storm this week.  There are many needs in the Lake Charles, LA area.  At this time, it is very difficult to send teams to Louisiana, but we need to offer some assistance in their recovery.  We will collect and mail gift cards to CBF-LA and they will get them to where they are needed.

Collecting: Gift cards to Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Target, and Kroger

Please drop off items for all of the organizations at Calvary and we will coordinate delivery with the different groups. You may drop off material contributions in the large orange bins located in the Rodes Avenue entrance to the Sanctuary building on Sundays or in the church office during the week.  You may also submit contributions to the groups directly.

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