Outreach Thank Yous

GOD’S HELPING HANDS: Easter Outfits 

Easter is just around the corner! KUCC is continuing its tradition of purchasing Easter Outfits for 25 children from the Gods Helping Hands Outreach Program. We kicked off this year’s project on Sunday, March 5.

THANK YOU!  We are happy to report that all of the Easter egg tags indicating a person wanting an outfit have been claimed.  We know that KUCC’s generosity will make this important holiday happier for many of the GHH community!

 

GOD’S HELPING HANDS: The McDaniels Have a New Home

For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.  Psalms 72:12

Mary McDaniel and her six grandchildren have moved into a new home following the loss of the children’s mother.  The family recently held a memorial service and balloon release  to honor this young mother in the park where she was found murdered.  Partnering with four other groups to help furnish the home, KUCC has provided  kitchen and bathroom supplies. All requests have been purchased!   Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help this family get a new start!

 

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Ready for Occupancy

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We are thrilled to announce that a family will soon take possession of our 2016 Habitat House.  After standing empty for five years, the house is getting all new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems as well as a new, open layout.  Workers toiled across the summer to add insulation, replace all mechanical systems, reconfigure space to create an open floorpan, and update all of the interior finishes.  After standing empty for five years, the home in Bellefontaine Neighbors has a new lease on life!The photos above  show the exterior and work in progress by Bob Steen, KUCC’s Habitat coordinator, and the happy mom who will soon have this completely refurbished home to enjoy with her husband and their two children.

KUCC annually pledges financial support to the UCC Habitat House. For our 2016 house, we collected more than $2500, exceeding our goal of $2300.  Thank you to everyone whose contributions helped us reach the finish line!  Thanks, as well, to all KUCC members who donated time and hard work to make this dream a reality!

 

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Thank you to everyone at Kirkwood UCC who helped make 2016 a successful year for outreach efforts at Kirkwood UCC!

December–More than 100 Christmas gifts were donated for God’s Helping Hands and St. John’s Community Ministry.

November–Approximately 130 guests were served a hot breakfast as part of our ministry with God’s Helping Hands in north St. Louis on November 20.

October–$1330 was collected for the UCC emergency aid fund, Neighbors in Need.

September–KUCC helped sponsor a silent auction which raised nearly $1000 for God’s Helping Hands outreach ministry in North St. Louis.

August–A team from KUCC worked on a Habitat for Humanity house in Bellefontaine Neighbors, helping to completely update the home for a family to occupy in 2017.

July–School supplies were collected for God’s Helping Hands outreach ministry.  Funds were collected to help recent high school graduate Kayla Ross, part of the God’s Helping Hands community, begin her college career at Ball State University.

June–Clothing was distributed at a successful Juneteenth celebration on June 18.

May–Collected local mission offering for Eden Seminary, the St. Louis Association of the UCC, and KirkCare on May 8.  Collected gently used clothing for a clothing give-away at St. Philip’s Church on June 18, an activity of the God’s Helping Hands ministry.

April–Collected $2777 for One Great Hour of Sharing.

March–Provided 29 Easter outfits for God’s Helping Hands ministry.  Served over 90 clients a hot breakfast on March 20.

February–With the support of the congregation, the youth groups earned $441 for One Great Hour of Sharing by making and selling Super Bowl sub sandwiches.  Our team served nearly 100 clients a hot breakfast on February 21.

January–The Director of St. Philips Community Outreach Program indicated a need for children’s underwear, and socks for men and women. So instead of our winter school supplies collection, we had three “Undies Sundays” to collect these items. Donations ensure that many individuals will benefit from having this need filled.