For our Give 125 Challenge during this time of social distancing we are asking everyone to give of themselves with acts of kindness to the community to show the love of Christ:
1. Pray: Enter into a time of prayer, meditation, and contemplation for our families and community.
2. Contact: We can continue to call, text, email, send notes of encouragement, and use technology to make meaningful contact with our community.
3. Help: If you are well enough to leave your home, check with those around you who can not leave their home to determine what needs you can meet. Pick up groceries, medicine, to-go meals, etc.
4. Household needs: Trash still needs to go out and cans returned after. Mail can be picked up. Gardens can be watered and dogs can be walked. Look for opportunities to help your neighbors while keeping yourself and them safe!
5. Donate: More than ever, there are individuals who live in food insecurity. Food pantries are running low on supplies including cleaning supplies that are in such great demand. Or continue donations for H.O.P.E. for human trafficking. Trinity can collect and distribute the funds for you, please designate your preferred location.
6. Local Businesses: Look for ways you can support our local business. Many are open for limited services. Buy a gift card for local stores and restaurants to be used once life is returned to normal.
In addition to the above suggestions for our Give 125 Challenge, we also want you to know ~
Nearly 20% of college students in the United States face food insecurity on a regular basis! 30-40% of college students are first generation college students, meaning they are the first in their families to attend college. These students will face many challenges, including lack of support and financial struggles.
Realizing the need, Hatters Helping Hatters Food Pantry was established in 2013 to meet the needs of their community. Now, during this pandemic, many students are stuck on campus without funds, unable to return home, and in need and the food pantry is struggling to meet the needs. We have an opportunity to reach this community, in our own backyard, with the love of Christ!
For our May Give 125 Challenge, Trinity members and friends we will be collecting donations of money and/or any form of non-perishable items, such as food, toiletries, laundry detergent, etc. (see list below) to support the Hatters Helping Hatters Food Pantry.
Through a special offer by Stetson Dining Services, individuals or groups can donate funds for a student to get two (for-the-price-of-one) meals in the Lynn Commons Dining Hall. The price of one meal is $10.61, plus tax. We ask that you direct your gift to Trinity with instructions on how it is to be used. We will collect all funds raised then, depending on the amount, purchase meal cards to be distributed to students in need through the Hatter Food Pantry.
Please drop off your donated items to the church. A bin will be conveniently placed in the downstairs foyer of the Wisconsin Avenue entrance. Can’t or don’t want to come in? During office hours (M-F, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), leave your items outside the door then call the office at 386-734-4425 to let staff know. A TOT volunteer will come down to retrieve your donation.
Remember, you can now make a gift online using the new Give Plus+ app, our website (look for the Give Today purple button), or by mailing a check to the church with Stetson Pantry written in the memo line.
Please report your acts of service weekly by going to this site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z8PBPT2.
The Pantry currently needs spaghetti sauce, canned meat, jelly, black beans, canned fruit and non-perishable items such as those listed here:
NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS (plastic containers are preferred):
Sunflower seed butter
Jams, including no or low-sugar
Low-sodium canned vegetables and fruits (light syrup or preferably in natural juice)
Low-sodium canned tomatoes, pasta sauce
Low-sodium canned beans
Whole grain pastas
Multigrain cereals, oatmeal, grits, pancake mix
Instant coffee (as coffee makers are not allowed in the dormitories)
Tortilla chips and salsa
Low-sugar protein bars
Tissues or Kleenex
Disinfectant spray and/or wipes
Hygiene items (dental products, soap, body wash, deodorant, lotion, etc.)
Feminine products (pads and tampons)
School supplies (pencils, markers, notebooks, folders with pockets, etc.)
Reusable tote bags
Coloring books and supplies (to assist with stress relief)
Hand towels and wash cloths
Steve and Debbie Jones, organizers
“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” ~ NRSV 6:9 Galatians