You may have noticed the orange hue lighting up the plaza after services this weekend. If so, then you saw some of the nearly 600 bright orange bags that were distributed as an invitation to participate in St. Andrew’s second annual Family-to-Family Food Drive supporting Project Hope Alliance (PHA).
If you didn’t have a chance to pick up a bag, it’s not too late. We have 300 bags left and you can get yours after any weekend service in April. On the back of the bags, you’ll find a checklist of items that PHA needs in order to re-stock its shelves with essential foodstuffs for families in need. Once you have your bag, just fill it with the requested items and bring it back to the church on any weekend prior to May 3. Our month long food drive culminates on May 3 with a Packing Party in the House/Youth Center from 12:30-3:00. Lunch will be served following the 11:11 service and then more than 100 volunteers will sort the donations and repack them into boxes that will be delivered to Project Hope Alliance.
If you’re looking for a great all-generations, family friendly opportunity to serve, join us on May 3! Space is limited, so Click Here to sign up!
Project Hope Alliance’s mission is to end the cycle of homelessness one child at a time for the more than 32,000 homeless children living in Orange County. Homelessness is a complex issue and the reasons why a person and/or family ends up in homelessness are vast. Regardless of the cause, it is real and sadly, Orange County has more homeless children than LA or San Diego. St. Andrew’s is proud to partner with PHA because they strike a beautiful balance between giving a hand up and a hand out. While PHA primarily exists to provide a hand-up to families wishing to end this cycle, they also recognize the need to meet tangible, emergency needs. It brings to mind Jesus’s words in Matthew 25:40, when He says “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Thanks to the many volunteers and participants that are helping to make this year’s Family-to-Family food drive a success. Below are some fun photos from the Saturday night crew.