Sunday Third-hour Meeting, and December Stake Service Project

Dear Brethren!

We hope that all is well with you and your families and that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday. It is a great time of year.

Tomorrow during the Priesthood/RS hour the Bishopric will be discussing the Sunday schedule which will change at the new year. We encourage all of you to come and participate.

Also, We have been asked by President Byers of the Stake Presidency to pass on information concerning a Stake Service Project for the Month of December. This is included with this email.

God Bless You!

(From President Byers)

Following our stake conference, president McCann felt strongly that we needed to do something as a stake to be of service in our community. After discussing it with ward leaders and researching different options, we have chosen to partner with Community Action Services to help the homeless and needy in our area.

People in need are helped through Community Action Services on a daily basis. They provide about 60 Hygiene Kits and 10 Homeless Kits each day.

A Hygiene Kit may consist of the following travel sized items: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, comb, razor, floss, and lotion.

A Homeless Kit consists of the following items: flashlight, first-aid kit, emergency blanket, candle & lighter, can opener, gloves, and socks.

We will be purchasing supplies in bulk to save money and stake members will assemble the kits on Wednesday evening, December 19th. We will hold 3 assembly sessions, one at 5pm, 6pm, and the final one at 7pm.

We would love to be able to donate and assemble a good supply of both the Hygiene Kits and  Homeless Kits. By purchasing in bulk, we are able to provide Hygiene Kits at a cost of $1.84/each and Homeless Kits at $7.43/each.

We are asking stake members to donate to the other category in their ward and designate “Homeless Service Project”. These donations will need to be done using the paper donation slips as you cannot make this designation using the online system. We can provide a full week of supplies with $1300 in donations.

We are also accepting donations of sleeping bags. New and used sleeping bags are acceptable. Used bags need to have been washed and the zippers need to be functional.

Please invite ward members to participate in this service project by donating and/or helping assemble kits. We would like donations to be completed on or before December 9th. Church members can come to the stake center on December 19th at either 5pm, 6pm or 7pm to help assemble the kits and place them in gallon-sized ziplock bags.

As we reflect during this season of giving, may we consider the homeless and those in need. We feel this is a wonderful way to administer to their relief.

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