Serve! Make a Difference in the world around you! Individuals of all ages can truly make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and around the world. When we all share our time and our gifts through the grace of God, we can make miracles happen. Help to fight loneliness, help to share the good news of God’s love, help in whatever way you can. On Saturday, October 24, adults, families, and youth with a passion for serving others will come together along with others in our community at St. Andrew’s to make a difference for those living in homelessness, poverty, loneliness, hunger or crisis. Join us in the Great Hall at 10:00 a.m. for a short worship, prayer and send off. Activities last until 12:30–pre-registration is required to ensure adequate supplies and an excellent volunteer experience. For more information, contact Kellie Cardinal (651-762-9124 firstname.lastname@example.org) On Campus Activities Campus Patrol There are many odd jobs that need doing on campus. Things like cleaning and sorting out closets, sharpening pencils, putting together publications, cleaning nursery toys, picking up garbage around campus, repairing chairs and such. This team will move throughout campus hitting the hot spots. Jobs may be determined in part by participant skill level. This activity geared for confirmation students only – space is very limited. Giving Tree Tag Making Each year, St. Andrew’s helps over 500 families with Christmas gifts to help their holidays be filled with Christ’s love, rather than worry or sadness about their financial situation. We work with agencies like Trinity Mission to identify working families in need, Rainbow Child Development Center to identify children in poverty, and community social workers to help our neighbors in crisis. This project will use pre-made cardboard shapes to create gift wishes to be displayed from Thanksgiving through mid-December. This activity is appropriate for adults and confirmation students and older on their own. Birthday Bag Assembly Families that use the local food shelves are often at a loss to provide a cake and birthday party for their children. It is another reminder that they have to do without. Birthday Bags are one way to help these families celebrate. We will assemble a bag full of goodies for a fantastic, age appropriate birthday party for the local food shelf to distribute. The bag includes cake mix, frosting, candles and a baking pan. It also includes party favors for up to 8 guests, paper plates and napkins. We ask that each participant bring a small gift that can be included in the bag, such as a book, stuffed animal, game or toy for any age group. Donations of cake mix, frosting and candles will allow us to provide these to more children in our community. Delivery teams are needed to take bags to the food shelf – this can be counted toward confirmation service hours.This activity is appropriate for adults, adult-child teams (children 3rd -5th grade) and confirmation students and older on their own. College Care Kits Students heading off to college, the military or their first 40 hour week job can face the excitement of growing up but the uneasiness of major change. The College Care kits are a way to remind them St. Andrew’s, as their home church, still cares about them and Jesus loves them very much. The project will entail assembling the kits with supplies on hand and writing a friendly or inspirational note and preparing them for mailing. This activity is appropriate for adults and confirmation students and older on their own. Fleece Blankets These popular blankets are very easy to make and one can be completed in just an hour or so. We will be making blankets to be given to children that will be facing surgery or treatment at Lakeview Hospital, and those living in poverty or crisis in local shelters in our community. Each person must provide their own sharp scissors and at least three (3) yards of fleece, which will make 2 blankets. Polar fleece is typically available from craft stores such as JoAnn’s, Wal-mart and Mill End Textiles. Delivery teams are needed to take bags to the food shelf – this can be counted toward confirmation service hours. This activity is appropriate for adults, adult-child teams (children preschool-5th grade) and confirmation students and older on their own. Thanksgiving & Christmas Table Decorations A wonderful meal set with beautiful decorations can truly remind those who are lonely, in need, or in crisis that others are thinking of them during the holiday season. This project will focus on creating table toppers using stamps and paint, paper collage/painted/colored placemats, and other fall & Christmas themed party favors and decorations. Our creations will go to the adults being served by H.S.I. mental health services, and to our own Feasts programs to nearly 15 different sites throughout the east metro area, including The Salvation Army, Citadel in St. Paul, where we host the holiday feasts. No experience is needed and all supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring along a basic craft kit, such as glue sticks or other adhesives, fancy or straight scissors, or fall themed paper. This activity is appropriate for adults, adult-child teams (children preschool-5th grade) and confirmation students and older on their own. Welcome Home Baskets of Cleaning Supplies We will be assembling assorted cleaning supplies, laundry soap, brushes, brooms, mops, towels, and washcloths in laundry baskets, creating a “Welcome Home” Basket for homeless families that are moving into transitional housing. These baskets include a card of hope and inspiration for their future. We have many supplies on hand, which were collected during our September Drive, however, your donation of additional supplies will allow us to help additional families in our community. Most items can be found at the Dollar Stores at a great bargain! We can use laundry baskets, brooms, mops, all purpose cleaners, Windex, laundry soap, bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, kitchen towels, sponges, scrub brushes, paper towels, toilet paper, and kitchen garbage bags. This activity is appropriate for adults, adult-child teams (children kindergarten-5th grade) or confirmation students and older on their own. Delivery teams are also needed to bring the finished baskets to East Metro Women’s Council and the YWCA – this can be counted as confirmation service hours. Christmas & Birthday Gift Bag Decorating White paper tote bags will be decorated with color, ribbon, inspirational messages and transformed into wonderful Christmas and Birthday Gift Bags for children living in poverty and local area shelters, through The Alley Shoppe. The Christmas Bags are filled with toys during Alley Shoppe’s annual Toy Give-Away. This activity is appropriate for people of all ages…even preschoolers! Just come with your creativity and desire to brighten a child’s day! Card Ministry Cards of Inspiration and hope will be added to all Welcome Home Baskets, personal hygiene kits and Birthday Bags for women and children living in poverty or local area shelters. All supplies will be provided though feel free to bring along a basic craft kit, such as glue sticks or other adhesives, fancy or straight scissors. This activity is appropriate for adults, adult-child teams (children kindergarten-5th grade) or confirmation students and older on their own. Personal Hygiene Kits Groups will be assembling personal hygiene kits for women and children living in domestic abuse shelters in our community, who attend our Spa Day here at church. Additional kits will be provided to the Dorothy Day Center, Salvation Army and homeless families and individuals living in local area shelters. We have many supplies on hand, however, your donation of additional supplies will allow us to help additional families in our community. Most items can be found at the Dollar Stores at a great bargain! We can use regular or trial sized soaps, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloths, combs, and Ziploc bags (quart & gallon). This activity is appropriate for adults, adult-child teams (children preschool-5th grade) and confirmation students and older on their own. Off campus activities Rake a Difference Living in one’s own home can sometimes take a village to maintain. Seniors and persons with disabilities can often complete the household tasks but need some extra help in getting those heavy leaves raked and picked up for disposal. Through our partnership with Community Thread (formerly Community Volunteer Services and Senior Center), we will have approximately 4-6 houses to rake. These houses may have yards with big trees and lots of leaves, or be a smaller house with a large lot. Each house will be inventoried, addresses confirmed, and maps available for each driver. We will form teams based on the registrations or you can form your own team of 8-10 people. Everyone must bring their own rake, gloves, a few garbage bags, water bottle and be dressed appropriately to be outside for several hours. This activity is appropriate for adults, adult-child teams (children 3rd 10th grade) and high school students and older who can drive themselves.. Students must have their own transportation to each raking location and confirmation students must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Projects throughout the Month Share the Warmth – Clean out your closets of any gently used outerwear for children and families in need. Any size welcomed. New items particularly wanted and financial donations accepted (Drop off your donations of winter coats, hats, mittens or gloves, boots, snow pants or snowmobile suits throughout the month of October in the boxes indicated in the Great Hall and the Sanctuary. Items will be provided to women and children living in local area shelters and individuals living in homelessness or poverty. After Event Activities – Delivery Teams Needed Many of the projects on campus involve donations that need to get to the agencies. Delivery teams are needed for blankets to Lakeview Hospital and local area shelters, Birthday Bags to the Mahtomedi Food Shelf (St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Mahtomedi), Birthday Bags to the White Bear Food Shelf (White Bear Lake), outerwear to Mahtomedi District Center (Mahtomedi), outerwear, personal hygiene kits and Welcome Home Baskets to East Metro Place (Mahtomedi, near Century College), YWCA and local area shelters. Please use the registration form to indicate your preference in delivery. All delivery time may be counted toward confirmation service hours.