The month of November proved to be quite exciting for the Outreach Committee as we continued to provide to both members and our community.
On November 8, the Outreach Committee sponsored Veteran’s Breakfasts in honor of Veterans Day after both services. Veterans were honored for their service with a spread of breakfast favorites such as egg casseroles, French toast casseroles, fresh fruit, crois-sants, muffins, breads, smoky sausages, sausage squares and the like. The baked goods were augmented by the items left over from the ECW Bazaar, which topped it off nicely! We saluted the flag and Fr. Bob said prayers and read the names of our Vets — we all got a chance to sing along to God Bless America. It was a wonderful occasion for everyone and a $250 donation was made to the Holly Hill Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans from our Missions and Outreach Budget.
Congregational Outreach efforts in celebration of Thanksgiving centered around the Publix Turkey Gift Card Collection. During the month, we collected $20 Publix gift cards to give to those families through Halifax Urban Ministries that are in need of a turkey for their tables. We joined a variety of charities who rose to the occasion to help achieve their goal of 500 turkey dinners for their most needy families who registered. Our collection rose to $1,550 to achieve this goal. Last year, HUM’s donor moved out of the area and they were still in search of a donor at the beginning of the month. This year was an especially difficult challenge due to the inci-dents of bird flu which sent the costs of a turkey skyrocketing; so, our Publix Gift Cards enabled them to give 100 residents their turkeys by giving them a gift card. Other organizations rose to the challenge by providing the funds to buy the sides. Mark Geallis, Executive Director of HUM was deeply grateful on behalf of those residents. He wrote on the St. Mary’s Facebook page as follows: “Praise to the Leadership and Congregation at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Daytona Beach for their growing partnership with our ministry. In addition to regular monthly financial support they send a team to serve at our hot meal kitchen and bring frequent food donations for our feed a family packages. They have been working to raise funds for us to provide complete take home Thanksgiv-ing Turkey meals to struggling families and have exceeded their goal! This ministry partnership is a huge blessing and we wanted to say THANK YOU from HUM and the people we serve!”
The collection for the HUM food pantry for December is: rice and beans, spaghetti and sauce and peanut butter and jelly.
Monetary donations made this month are as follows: Disabled American Vets $250, Family Renew $250, HUM $300 in Publix Gift Cards) and Toys for Tots $200.