Essentials Basket | Sunday November 17th | 9 am

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What an exciting fall at First Congregational!  We were able to serve over 100 families at the Mobile Food Pantry and more than 200 children enjoyed our Trunk or Treat event.  Let’s keep the positive momentum going as we head into the season of Thanksgiving and our Essential Baskets mission. 

In years past, First Congregational Church prepared food baskets for distribution at Thanksgiving for many years.  We began something different in November 2017.

“The concern for our neighbors remains the same,” says Sara Wynn, chairperson of the Outreach and Missions Committee of the church.  “The way we are showing it is different; by doing Essential Baskets.”


The Essential Baskets will be made up of household items like detergent and paper products and personal hygiene items.  The advantage of the essential supplies is that they are not perishable and are harder to come by for those needing assistance.

 “SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) funds will not cover dish soap or disposable diapers,” says Sara Wynn.


Church folks have noticed that there are many groups supplying food at the holidays, and that not every family can use a whole turkey or a gallon of milk.

The Essentials Baskets will be assembled on Sunday, November 17, at 9:00 am in the church basement by teams of children, youth and adults.  Then in the next day or two the supplies will be delivered by church families to mission partner agencies.

“We want to help the children and youth see the connection of the work we are doing and our mission partners,” says Becca Peterson, Director of Family Ministry for the church.

We were able to distribute 120 baskets in 2018 and this year our goal is 150.  We will be serving two new organizations, World Relief, Moline and DeLaCerda House, Rock Island.  We will continue to serve the following organizations: Christian Care of Rock Island; Bethany Children & Families, Moline; Healthy Families (Child Abuse Council), Moline; Family Resources, Davenport; Help at Home, Moline; Salvation Army, Moline; Winnie’s Place, Bettendorf; Robert Young Community Support Program, Rock Island County, and St Joseph the Worker House, Rock Island. 

This mission is not possible without your generosity in contributing towards these baskets. To date, we have raised $5,685.07 toward our goal $7,500. Essentials baskets cost $60 per basket. Please join us in providing essential hygienic needs to those who have to choose between buying food or laundry soap. Contribute by check designated to Essentials Baskets online by clicking below.