St. Mark Outreach with
Sunnyvale Community Services
August 30, 2005
On August 30th, twenty ambitious volunteers packed 800 bags of groceries for the needy at the Sunnyvale Community Services center. Using assembly line techniques, the twenty took 2.5 hours to complete the task. Based on the smiles on their faces and sweat on their brows, it was readily apparent that everyone enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to serve the community and those needing help. The fruits of this labor were realized the next day when hundreds of families received their bags of groceries.
Marie, the SCS coordinator, touched many of our hearts when she gave examples of people who have virtually nothing, who walk miles to receive their bag of groceries and who are so grateful for what they have received. She continued by saying that for as affluent a society that Sunnyvale and its surrounding area is, there are many, many people who need help due to unemployment, short term needs and other issues that require help to get them past their crisis.
As we leave summer, SCS begins their most ambitious annual function, the Community Christmas Center. The Community Christmas Center is when SCS creates a store in their warehouse area where clients can shop for groceries and toys at no charge to provide items that they could not afford. This differs from normal distributions where SCS provides clients with pre-packaged bags.
The Center is open for twelve days from December 6th to 20th. To make this huge undertaking possible, SCS requires 600+ volunteers to to setup the Center, help clients and restock shelves. In addition, SCS is very dependent upon contributions of food, toys and monetary contributions.
How can you help? Glad you asked! St. Mark is looking for 25 volunteers to staff two different shifts at the Center. The tentative date is December 15th with the shifts being 12:45 – 5:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm.
The first shift will provide opportunities to help clients with their shopping and provide assistance in keeping the shelves full. The second shift is after the doors close and cleanup and restocking is required.
This is a great opportunity to serve the Sunnyvale community at a time of the year when many families, single parents and the elderly suffer through the Christmas season without the means to cook a holiday meal or share gifts with their loved ones.
Please consider this opportunity to serve Sunnyvale and most importantly God, by contributing food, money or your valuable time. Also, keep Marie and the SCS staff in your prayers as they prepare their Center and minister to these less fortunate people. We also ask that your prayers be with those that need help, that they seek God for strength, wisdom and patience during their difficult times.
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
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