Migrant Ministry Month

Migrant Ministry Month

Krista Smith's avatar By: Krista Smith : March 27 2021 : () Comments

Our committees have banded together to sponsor a massive donation drive during the month of April supporting the Hartville Migrant Center and the farmworkers who move to Hartville each spring to perform work that is vital to our local economy.

There is giving opportunity for everyone! If you enjoy donating personal hygiene and comfort items, you can support the Welcome Bag project spearheaded by our Social Ministry Committee. If non-perishable food items are more your style, that’s great! Your donation will help the Good News Committee provide emergency food in case inclement weather interferes with operations—and ultimately the paychecks of the workers. Those of you who enjoy shopping for school supplies can get started early this year! The Education Committee is looking for donations to fill the backpacks of the children as they begin school this summer. 

All these items help the farm workers and their families settle into their temporary homes and let them know how very welcome they are in our community.

Donate one item, a car-full, or any amount in-between! If you are not a shopper but want to participate, monetary donations will be accepted, & we will do the shopping for you. Checks can be made out to St Jacob’s Lutheran Church with ‘migrant ministries’ and the type of items you want to fund on the memo line (ex. migrant ministries, welcome bag supplies).

Items can be dropped off at the church using our Drive By/Drop Off on April 24th  from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the lower parking lot on the east side of the church. If you are not able to use the Drive By/Drop Off, donations can be left in the box inside the delivery door anytime between April 1st and  April 30th.

It’s been a year since we had our first donation Drive By/Drop Off event — for Migrant Month in 2020. The Social Ministry and Good News people got together to brainstorm new ways we could continue to serve as disciples of Christ in the midst of the growing fear and chaos of Covid. Who would have imagined that we would be a year into the pandemic, staring into the face of another Easter where we will not be physically present together. Nevertheless the work of our church, both locally and globally, continues. We demonstrate that we take seriously Jesus’ instruction to love our neighbor and fulfill our responsibility to be the church as we support the migrant farmworkers in our community.

Collection Items for Migrant Month           

Welcome Bags for Kids: Fleece throw blanket, flat sheet, pillow, pillowcase, washcloth, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, face mask

Welcome Bags for Adult Single Guys: Twin sheet set, pillow, pillowcase, bath towel, washcloth, hand towel, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditions, shaving cream, 4 disposable razors, face mask

Non-perishable food: rice, diced tomatoes, black beans, refried beans, Pop Tarts, granola bars, protein/energy bars

General items: diapers, personal hygiene products

School Supplies: backpack, 24-crayon boxes, pencils, glue stick, safety scissors, spiral notebooks, lined paper, $25 Walmart gift cards for additional supplies/clothing.



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