As we launch our all church food drive, we wanted to paint a picture of where the food and supplies you donate will be used. Part of the St. Andrew’s COVID-19 response is partnering with Project Hope Alliance (PHA) to meet the needs of 25 families living in a local motel. Families experiencing this sort of homelessness are in a vulnerable position during this time. Though many were working before this crisis, most have lost jobs as businesses close. We’re thankful for the opportunity to come alongside them during this time. St. Andrew’s is committed to providing these families with two bags of food each week, for at least six weeks. Hygiene and toiletry items will be passed out as they are available.
Earlier this week, a few St. Andrew’s members and volunteers got to come alongside PHA for their first drop off. Partnering with Mariners Church and the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, we were able to provide both fresh and non-perishable food to these families. The Ecology Center also donated reusable, biodegradable “Igloo” ice chests, which will go a long way towards keeping this food fresh and usable. Reflecting on the day, Nathan Donaldson, who works with the Serve Department at St. Andrew’s, said that “there’s a sense, even in the midst of people with great need, of great generosity.” In the middle of a worldwide pandemic, people are choosing generosity over greed and are loving on their neighbors and their communities.
Generosity is obvious in many other stories from the day. There are stories of families generously giving up what they didn’t need or couldn’t use in order to allow others to have more. The local IKEA donated Easter baskets and coloring books for the children and families. The motel staff donated their break room for the day and volunteers across the board gave up their time in order to come alongside these vulnerable families.
During this time of crisis, we are continually awed by the sense of generosity within our community. As we lean into where the Holy Spirit is leading, we want to celebrate people doing good work, and we invite you to join us in that. Sign up now to adopt a family in need, either through grocery donations or through notes of encouragement.