We are all struggling in different ways during this time. Yet there are ways we can reach out to our neighbors; read below for a few ideas!
AUGUST “SOMETHINGTOEAT” EVENT
Who would have thought an hour of your time on a Saturday could make such a difference?
But that’s what happened on Saturday, August 1st, when 50 members of Atonement each spent an hour filling meal bags for our SomethingToEat project. And those 50 people not only met the goal of filling 10,000 meal servings – together they exceeded it and packed 12,960 meals! Those meals were delivered to Kansas City KS where they were distributed to individuals and families hit hard during this pandemic – and estimates were that they would be completely distributed within just a few days. This project was made possible by your donations through the RoundUp app, as well as individual contributions.
Thank you for putting your heart in your hands and making such a difference in the lives of our neighbors – “we are indeed church, for the sake of the world!” Email Ros with questions – or to see how YOU can help during this pandemic. And check out pictures of our event here!
“FEED THE NEED” IN OUR COMMUNITY! August 22nd, 9:00-11:00am
The need for food continues throughout our community and the Metro, as families struggle with rent, food costs, and more. Atonement will again host a food drive on Saturday, August 22nd; click here for a list of most-needed items. And thank you for your support as we offer precious supplies to our neighbors!
BREAKFAST SACKS FOR MLM
In concern for their clients in need, MLM is now offering sack breakfasts. This will allow clients to grab a sack breakfast and go!
DO YOU SEW? YOU CAN MAKE FACE MASKS
Johnson County Emergency Management has requested donations of cloth masks. According to crisis strategy guidelines published by the CDC, when no face masks are available, options include the use of homemade masks as a last resort. Various patterns can be found online; you may also use this link for more information. Deliver donations to Johnson County Med-Act Station (Warehouse)205 E Flaming Rd, Olathe KS They will accept donations 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.
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ELCA World Hunger Jars – If you haven’t yet dropped off your filled jars, email Ros and we’ll make arrangements to receive yours.
Until then . . . There are many in need of our prayer – those who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus . . . those with health concerns before the virus began . . . those who have lost loved ones . . . those who find themselves isolated as they follow the orders to stay at home. We also hold in prayer those who are speaking to right the inequality and injustice that continue to poison the very fabric of our community together. We are called to stand against injustice and racism, that all people may live in dignity and in peace.
And by all means, pray without ceasing. God’s blessings, Ros Thorpe, Director of Outreach