We’re excited to report on our first HOP Day!!
38 volunteers gathered on the morning of October 23rd to help people in a variety of ways. It was especially good to see people of all different ages who were excited to be there and participate. Here’s a recap of what was accomplished:
- People went out to three different homes, doing fall yard clean-up and winterizing a porch.
- At the church, 65 blessing bags were created for the homeless. We stuffed the bags with supplies donated by BSLC families and purchased with funds from Thrivent. The bags were geared toward cold weather needs – Kleenex packs, chapstick, hand wipes, a knit hat, deodorant, granola bar, bandaids, and throat lozenges. We also wrote a personal note for each bag.
- People made tissue flower bouquets to brighten the day of members not able to get out or dealing with health issues. The Sunday school children had also made some bouquets for us to use.
- We made cards to go with the bouquets. The cards had pictures of the different stained glass panels. Volunteers colored the pictures and wrote messages. We made and delivered cards and bouquets to 8 people.
- And people worked on a few projects around the church, including cleaning the stained glass window and doing some yard work. The mailbox post also got scraped and prepared for a fresh coat of paint.
- Prior to HOP Day, volunteers worked on grab-and-go kits at home. They made 70 banner packets for St. Lukes Children’s Hospital. These packets contain all the materials needed for patients to create their own personal banners to decorate their hospital room.
Thanks to everyone who made HOP Day such a rousing success. We’re already looking forward to our next one! The spirit of HOP Day was summed up perfectly by one of our youngest volunteers as she filled blessing bags. “You know, I was thinking about HOP Day and it made me think of that song we sing – They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love.” Exactly!