Outreach Thank-you and Update
Hello everyone, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Trinity for all your dedication to outreach this past year. Below are listed just a few of the many ways we have reached out to the wider community this year.
We raised enough money through our Lenten offerings to support 2 nights at Inn from the Cold. There is an article in this newsletter from Bill White with more details about this. As well this fall, we delivered over 2 boxes of new underwear and socks for the people at Inn from the Cold and ended the year with another financial donation to help start the new year.
We also collected 37 shoeboxes and 3 large boxes of assorted items for a women’s shelter in the area so the women would have a gift at Christmas and know they are not alone. Thank you to all who contributed to this project and Janie James who coordinated and delivered the boxes.
We provided baking for the bag lunches a couple of days a week at the new Out of the Cold Café for November and December. In speaking with our contact, they are very thankful and have enough in the freezer that will keep them going for quite a while.
Financially, in addition to regular givings to various charities and special projects, we did two special appeals for the Helping Hands Food Bank, this summer and Christmas, to assist with the increased need they have experienced due to the pandemic. As well, this year we more than doubled our donations to FaithWorks, the Diocesan appeal that funds 16 different ministry partners. With the matching grant challenge, this means our contributions will double again.
Trinity has done amazing things year, assisting those in need in our community and beyond, seeking and serving Christ in all persons, loving our neighbour as ourselves. We look forward to doing more in 2021 and invite you to a planning and priorities meeting on Jan 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm on Zoom, which allows you to connect online with video and audio, or you can call in from your phone. Again THANK YOU everyone.
Ann Spalding, on behalf of the Outreach Committee