How can I Help DURING THIS PANDEMIC?

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!

“FEED THE NEED” IN OUR COMMUNITY! Saturday, May 16th!

Thank you, Atonement Members and Friends, for your amazing response to our food drive! 80 individuals and families participated on Saturday, and we were able to make generous donations to the food pantries at Resurrection OP, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, and MLM – and they were delighted to receive them! Check out our pictures here!

And on June 13th – another opportunity! Our Partners are feeding those in such need for food and basic necessities, so we will host another “Feed the Need” drive on Saturday June 13th, from 9:00-11:00am. Click here for the list of needs; those food pantries to be included are Salem Lutheran Church, Resurrection OP, and Hillcrest Transitional Housing.

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!

Want to get involved? Donate non-perishable items to help create the sack breakfasts: needed are cereal bars, protein bars, applesauce, napkins, water, juice (individual bottles or boxes, granola (individual packets). If you have any questions or want to arrange to drop off your donation, please feel free to email Rebecka Noel.

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.

CARDS FOR SENIORS IN “LOCK-DOWN”

Bring joy to someone’s day with a purchased or homemade greeting card! Messages such as “Happy Spring,” “Thinking of You,” or “Alleluia – He is Risen!” are appropriate; email Ros if you would like to participate. Children, youth and adults are encouraged to join in this special outreach. 

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ELCA WORLD HUNGER JARS

ELCA World Hunger Jars – Many of you dropped off your filled jars on May 16th; if you weren’t able to stop by, 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. Reach out to friends and family to see how they’re doing and share a word of prayer. Check with neighbors who may be struggling. If you have the means, do consider making a financial gift to organizations like HarvestersMLMHillcrest Transitional HousingInterfaith Hospitality Network, or a local food pantry near you – they continue to serve those in need in Johnson County and across the metro Kansas City area. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts.


And by all means, pray without ceasing. God’s blessings, Ros Thorpe, Director of Outreach