BIN ON THE BENCH:
Because of the generosity of St. Michael’s parishioners, I was able to provide another substantial donation of toiletries and men’s accessories to the Southern Vermont Correctional Facility (SVCF). Kris Sultzman, extraordinary Volunteer Coordinator there, was most appreciative.
The need continues and I will make another delivery at the end of July. The most needed items include gently used backpacks and toiletries including toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo and mouthwash. The last 3 items must be in clear bottles. Thank you for your continued support. Cliff Wood, 802-518-2080
GROUNDWORKS WISH LIST
Summer has brought a lot of excitement to Groundworks with a few of our folks getting housed. Supporting folks through that step in their journey is always hugely rewarding. That said, it is not happening for enough folks and so we are still serving close to a hundred people mostly at the Quality Inn and throughout motels in Brattleboro.
If you would like to donate any items on the following list, they can be dropped off on the front benches of the Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Road. If it is easier for you, you can also arrange to drop off at Groundworks Shelter on Royal Rd.
July Wish List: Deodorant, Disposable Razors, Umbrellas, Men’s belts, Notebooks and pens, Playing cards and classic board games like chess, Sunblock, Bugspray
Over 2,000 blood drives in the country have been cancelled so far due to the virus. Going to a blood drive is one of the activities permitted in Vermont’s “stay safe, stay home” measure.
All blood donations can only be given by appointment now, not drop-in. So, people must sign-up in advance. The Red Cross has incredibly thorough practices to ensure the safety of all donors, volunteers, and staff. Sounds safer than the grocery store;)
Loaves and Fishes Update
Going from being a community meal to “to go service only” to meals being delivered was a process and a sense of loss for those who served and for those we served.
But we go on! We are now delivering meals on Tuesdays and Fridays to the homeless in the motels (100 meals), to Groundworks Shelter (20 people with 2 meals a day), and Foodworks (30 meals).
To do this with social distancing:)
3 of us cook and get meals ready to go out (Josie, Ruth and Jeanne)
2 groups come and deliver to the people at 3 places (Josh Steele and the Svec family
1 person does all our ordering for all those take out containers, sanitizers and cleansers (Bob Oeser)
1 group picks up and delivers food from Price Chopper and the Food Bank (Chris, Troy and Willow)
1 person comes and cleans on an off day, the stoves and fridges
1 Person puts all the food away from the Food Bank (Hollis Carlisle)
We have dessert makers (Wye, Cliff and Aduwa)
Families and groups prepare vegetables for us (cutting carrots. potatoes, sweet potatoes)
Masks have been given to us (Lori Palmer)
We have bread makers (the Porter family)
We could use more help and would welcome St Michael’s help.
Bread making for Fridays
Desserts (we have some mixes and some ingredients)
Wrapping forks and napkins
Making family bags (packing up food for families at home from our pantry)
We have a safe an easy drop off and if you are a packer, you would be alone!!
Please contact Ruth Tilghman if you are interested in helping at firstname.lastname@example.org