Blessings for Children January 2021

Expanding How We Bless Others

If you have been reading these Blessings for Children articles, you probably know by now what services we share with the children who visit our ministry each week, but you may not know the oversight for those visits. When we began this ministry in 2019, our start-up team determined that we would serve each child six times over 12 months. Those six visits would result in the child receiving a total of 18 new t-shirts, underwear, and pairs of socks (3 per visit), 270 diapers (45 per visit), along with the personal care items and school supplies we also share. That protocol continues into our 3rd year, but this year we have expanded it to add four (4) additional visits during the 12 months for children in need of diapers or pull-ups. Having access to accessible laundry services can be difficult when you have financial needs. We believe providing the additional diapers for the littlest ones in the family will help ease that burden. We are always so grateful for how our church family supports this ministry. If you are looking for a way to help a family in our community, please consider donating diapers, pull-ups, or wipes (we give one pack of wipes with each set of diapers or pull-ups). It has been and continues to be our most pressing need.

  • Please pray for the ministry and all who participate.

  • Consider donating items we distribute to the children. Diapers (size 4, 5, and 6 in particular) and pull-ups, wipes, school supplies, children sized t-shirts, socks and underwear, children's toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash or soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. You can find a complete list of items on the church website at shalimar-umc.org/blessings-for-children. You can donate items by stopping by the #10 2nd Street house behind the church any Wednesday from 11:30am-3:30pm. Children's bibles and bible stories and activity books are always a joy to receive and distribute! And Spanish language Bibles are always needed!

  • A financial gift designated to Blessings for Children through the church allows us to shop for needed items.

New volunteers are always welcome, with no regular commitment required.

For additional information
Mary Jane Robertson
Email: mjr53@cox.net
Visit: shalimar-umc.org/blessings-for-children
Phone: (850) 499-6173
Open every Wednesday 12 - 3:30 pm
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