Another successful White Gift program was completed on December 19th. 20 families were assigned by Feed NS to WUC this year, some with 4 or more children. With the help of your donations through White Gift envelopes and the FundScrip programs, Outreach was able to provide groceries from Sobey’s, (Baker Drive) including a $35.00 Gift Card, and fresh produce from Dave’s Fruit and Vegetables. Most families requested $50.00 Gift Cards from Wal-Mart, Winners, Giant Tiger, etc. for each member of the family. The Gift Cards allow people to select items of their own choosing. Many gifts were donated for specific individuals, some selected by the UCW Units or the Choir. There were some busy days for the Outreach Committee, checking and rechecking to make sure that our families were remembered at this Christmas season. We also received phone calls from people who had missed the Feed NS registration deadline for Christmas assistance so those families were also supported through groceries and Gift Cards by Woodlawn United.
The families are very grateful for the help received by Woodlawn. It is heartwarming to realize the comfort they have from the assistance we provide—they will have a good meal and some gifts for their children at this special time of the year.
2018 was a banner year for Friends of Accessibility fundraising. We prepared and served 11 fish chowder luncheons ( approx. 3300 bowls of chowder). We presented 7 concerts, prepared and served one corn chowder/hamburg soup lunch and catered one turkey dinner. We raised for the Accessibility Fund a record breaking $30,228.00. Looking to 2019, we will present chowder luncheons on Jan. 11 and Jan. 25. Exciting news for February when we will combine with the Port Wallis Players to present a dinner theatre on Friday Feb 8th and Sat. Feb 9th at 7 pm. Entitled “On A Wing or A Prayer” we will embark on a journey across the pond via Loonie Air. These seasoned actors usually present ten nights of tom foolery at Port Wallis. This year two of those nights will be at Woodlawn United and eight at Port Wallis.
The inflight meal will be a three course turkey dinner provided by Woodlawn Friends of Accessibility. Tickets are $35.00 and now available from our church office, Bob Watt, Freda Rogers and Ralph Sams. They will be available at the January chowders and after services on Sunday until sold out. Gather your friends and come and enjoy an evening of great fun, fabulous food and wonderful fellowship.
Our loan balance at the end of November was $89,212.00, down from $500,000.00 just five years ago.
My sincere thanks to those that come out on Thursday afternoons for Veggie Prep, Thursday nights for setup, Friday morning for chowder making and at 11:00am for serving and cleanup. You are the best! Then there those faithful bakers that bring in desserts week after week and the folks that attend the chowders. You are all the salt of the earth and what makes Woodlawn United a special place and family. Happy New Year to All.
Margaret's House, our Dartmouth soup kitchen, is in need of used winter gloves and hats. In addition, anyone wishing to contribute to Meatloaf Monday can drop off frozen meatloaf at Margaret's House any weekday morning. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
Visit their Website for more information.
Each year, the Outreach Committee members give a sigh of relief when the Christmas program has been successfully completed. Many challenges pop up and are soon overcome by the enthusiastic volunteers on the Committee and from the congregation. This year, Feed Nova Scotia had a new person, unfamiliar with the Christmas Families program, who proved very helpful when we were unable to contact some Families by telephone. Linda, our problem solver, was sidelined by a broken bone in her foot. Linda was still available by telephone for advice and she addressed the Christmas cards for each Family as well as contacting them regarding the delivery of their gifts and groceries. Laurie D. and Joanne spent hours phoning the Families to let them know what Woodlawn would be providing at Christmas (before she left for British Columbia).
As is our custom, we began the White Gift announcements and distribution of Shoe Boxes, Back Packs, etc. on the Sunday following the Remembrance Day observances. The White Gift service was on December 4 and Delivery Day to the Families was set for December 16. We should have checked with the weather office since Dec. 16 was a very cold, windy and snowy day. The valiant volunteers met the challenge of the weather conditions and all the deliveries were made by 11:30 am that morning, without incident. David and Tom even drove over to the Brunswick Street Mission to deliver three large bags of new underwear donated by members of our congregation. Jerry, Harold and Ernie, Al and Erin came back several times for more addresses to deliver to.
The Facts of the 2016 White Gift program are as follows—43 Shoe Boxes for adults were picked up by Metro Non-Profit Housing in time for their annual Christmas party; 20 Shoe Boxes for Teen Girls and Boys were picked up by the Regional Independent Students Association; 40 well filled Back Packs were ready for Dartmouth Family Center in North Dartmouth. There were 24 donations made to the Sleeping Children Around the World program which Miriam supervises each year. The Outreach Committee made a donation of $200.00 to Metro Community Living towards the Christmas expenses for their clients.
We had received the names of 25 Families from Feed Nova Scotia for whom we arranged (with a church family, the UCW Units and the Choirs) to provide gifts for each member of the Family as well as a grocery order plus a $35.00 gift card from Sobeys on Baker Drive, manager Trevor Negus. Tom requested the fresh produce (including apples and clementines) from Dave’s Fruit and Vegetable Market. This year, we were also able to assist 4 Families from our congregation. One church family offered to help a single mother with 2 young children who phoned the church office shortly before Christmas.
Those are the Facts, but the stories which surround the program are what give joy to the volunteers. Daily, we received donations of jackets, slacks, shirts, hoodies, toys and games to add to the Family Gifts. The Mitten Tree yielded many warm hats, scarves, mitts which were included in each Gift bag. And, mitts were taken to Margaret’s House, to the East Dartmouth Christian Food Bank, and some are set aside to deliver to Ian Forsyth and Nelson Whynder schools once they resume their usual routine. Lawton’s Drugs donated boxes of toiletries such as shampoos, deodorants, lip balm, handcare lotions, soaps and body washes, toothbrushes, toothpaste and bandages. On Dec. 23, a phone call from KFC, Tacoma Drive, offered to provide a meal and a Wal-Mart gift card for 4 families. Thanks to Pat, East Dartmouth Christian Food Bank, we were able to notify the families who would appreciate this offer. The customers and staff of KFC had donated to this generous cause.
We received a large donation of gently used toys from the Walker family, Cole Harbour Road, which were distributed to several places. Some were taken to the Dept of Community Services Adoption and Foster Care services, some to the East Dartmouth Christian Food Bank, others to the Dartmouth Family Center in north Dartmouth. That was an unexpected bonus for the Outreach committee.
The members of the Outreach Committee are always so willing to work on the White Gift program, and there are many details to be covered. Special thanks must go to Karen and Ernie Nauffts who were always present to check the Family gifts, to sort the mitts and hats, to transport the Family gifts from the basement to Room B, pick up the groceries and restore the church rooms to their usual state after the program was completed. Murdock worked closely with the manager of Baker Drive Sobey’s to get the groceries organized, packed, delivered and paid for, and to obtain some extra gift cards for later use. Thanks to Murdock and Connie for sorting the Mitten Tree goods, making the decisions as to the sizes of the mitts or hats. They also made a special delivery to Sackville after a call came in to the church office.
Thank you to each and every one who participated in the 2016 White Gift program, both the volunteers and the congregation for their gifts, their financial support and their time spent working towards providing a “light in the midst of the darkness in our world”, as Rev. Phillip wrote in his Christmas letter included in each Family’s grocery order. You are, each and every one, a blessing to the world.
May 14, 2015
Imagine having a backyard that is over 500 acres of pristine woods and waters within the Halifax Regional Municipality? Located on Long Lake, Camp Kidston provides campers and renters with the opportunity to experience this oasis of nature in the northeastern corner of HRM. Camp Kidston provides a safe, happy, fun summer camping experience to kids aged 6-17. As a United Church of Canada summer camp, we strive to provide a balance of fun, games, and Christian education.
Catch up on all the latest Kidston news with the 2015 Newsletter.
The first Simply Supper may be considered as “one small step” towards an Outreach to those in our community and those in the congregation, especially persons living alone who would enjoy sharing a meal with others.
In other words, there was a small crowd (app. 30) at the Supper but they all commented favourably on the hearty casserole with rolls, tomato slices and watermelon. We were pleased to be supported by the congregation attendees as well as about ten people from the community. I found it revealing that one man asked if the food was going to be served at the kitchen door or could he come in. He came in, was welcomed and sat down for a hot supper. Since we had made several pans of casserole, we were able to provide “take outs” for any of the people who wanted them.
The remainder of the pans of casserole, rolls and watermelon slices were taken to Feeding Others of Dartmouth on Monday morning, arriving just in time to fill their need for extra food for the noon meal.
The Outreach members are a fantastic team, working for 2 hours on Saturday morning to prepare the casseroles and returning on Sunday afternoon to get the coffee, tea, cutlery, tomatoes, rolls, etc. ready. The pans of casserole gave us some concern when they were not heating up as quickly as we expected. Our culinary advisors (Brian and Tom) turned up the heat in the oven, making sure that the food did not burn, and on the dot of “serving time” at 5:15pm, produced the food that was steaming hot. Rev. Phillip formally welcomed the crowd, led them in giving thanks for the meal and directed them to the kitchen window where they were served. Several people who came back for seconds, saying that it was very good. There was also a gluten free macaroni and cheese casserole available for those who wanted it.
Many, many thanks to the members of the Outreach committee who worked so willingly to purchase the ingredients, prepare the meal, set up the tables, clean the stoves and helped with the dishwashing. And who gave advice, joined in the higher mathematics of measuring out the ingredients for the recipe and remembered the little things that might have been overlooked. They even took away the garbage and compost materials. There were lots of laughs in the kitchen as we worked together.
We were so grateful to the volunteers who came to help us out. It is very encouraging to know that someone will clean up the tables and chairs after the “crew” has been working all afternoon to prepare the meal. Lauchlin Riehl and friends set up chairs after church, Gerry Gunter, Shirley and Barry Zwicker, Teri Giannou, Adelia Holloway, Ross Osborne, Jeannie Young, Carolyn Read, Marilyn Moors were there to help with the clean up operations.
We want to acknowledge the Gateway Meat Market which donated all of the hamburg used for the casseroles. It was a very generous gesture on their part. Ralph Sams also provided us with rolls, margarine and milk which had been surplus to the needs of the Accessibility Fund’s Fish Chowder on Friday.
Thank you to all, and watch for the posters advertising the next Simply Supper. Come and bring a friend, tell others about the good free meal served at Woodlawn United church.