Thanksgiving Essential Baskets Wrap Up-
Different, but the Same

Many things are different these days, but the generosity of the congregation at First Congregational Church is not one of them. The Outreach and Mission committee would like to thank you for the outpouring of support for this year’s Thanksgiving Essential Basket mission.  There is always need in our community and the pandemic has only increased those needs.  How wonderful that while we are still physically apart we were able to join together in the spirit of service to others.

Congregation members participated in a variety of ways.  48 members and families donated money to purchase the items included in the baskets. Outreach and Mission members helped safely purchase, transport, and organize the items in the Son Café.  The Confirmation class packed the baskets to learn the importance of mission work as part of their Christian Education.  Ten families volunteered to deliver the baskets to the community organizations we served this year.  Each and every person that participated this year, donating either time or money, gave a valuable gift.  We not only provided much essential items for people in need, we continued our tradition of service in a time of great adversity.  

150 baskets were assembled and delivered this year.  The baskets included an assortment of over 3,800 items specifically requested by each organization depending on their needs.  This year we helped:

  • Bethany for Children and Families whose mission is to keep children safe, to strengthen families, and to build healthy communities.
  • Christian Care helps to improve the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, and men transitioning out of prison and veterans.
  • De La Cerda House has been providing safe, affordable housing to individuals and families that are living with HIV/AIDS in our community since 1994.
  • Healthy Families (Child Abuse Council) promotes child well-being and prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children through intensive home visiting.
  • Help at Home is a home care agency committed to enhancing the quality of life for our clients and providing a viable alternative to living in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
  •  Rocky Resource Room provides Rock Island High School families with resources and essentials to improve quality of life.
  • Salvation Army whose mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
  • UT Cares provides United Township High School families with resources and essentials to improve quality of life.
  • Winnie’s Place is a shelter program helping women, with or without children, who are homeless and/or survivors of violence, move away from their current situations towards a world of new opportunities.
  • World Relief is a not-for-profit agency providing services to refugees and immigrants in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Sara Wynn
Chair of Outreach & Mission Board

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