Give a Kid a Chance is a program designed to help children in Cherokee County start each new school year on the right foot. Since 2006, GAKAC has been providing backpacks, clothing, haircuts, medical/dental screenings, and hearing and vision tests to children in the county who don’t otherwise have access to or the means for these services. With the combined efforts of more than 40 churches, ministries, civic groups and businesses, GAKAC has helped more than 23,000 students get ready for a new school year.
Once again, Good Shepherd rose to the challenge to help ensure this organization is successful in its goal. Thank you to everyone who donated funds to the Give-a-Kid-A-Chance Backpack program this spring. Thanks to your generosity, we once again reached our goal of being able to provide 150 backpacks to this wonderful organization as well as providing a plethora of socks and underwear (their most needed clothing donations). In addition, thanks to everyone who joined us on Sunday, June 10 to help pack a backpack with all the necessary goodies needed for a successful school year. This year’s Give A Kid A Chance event day will be Saturday, July 14 at both Canton United Methodist and Hillside United Methodist locations. If you would like to volunteer for the actual event please visit http://www.giveakidachance.org/volunteers.html to sign up. I can attest firsthand, it is a very rewarding day.
MUST Summer Lunch Assembly is just around the corner. While summer often means sleeping in or planning your next getaway, many of our neighbors are wondering how they will feed their children lunch today. That’s when MUST Ministries steps in with the Summer Lunch Program and brings the whole community together to help those in need. With countless, compassionate volunteers, MUST provides a nutritious lunch each summer weekday to thousands of children in Cherokee and surrounding counties. Good Shepherd has helped with this ministry for over a decade now and this year is no exception. We hope you will plan to join us as we assemble 2,500 sack lunches for the food insecure children of Cherokee County. This is a perfect family service opportunity and all ages are welcome! Assembly will be the week of July 16-20 in the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 – 10:00 am every morning. Drivers are also needed to deliver the food to New Life Church on Exit 14 in Holly Springs. Look for Sign Up Sheets at Sign Up Central in the weeks to come.
Some of the requested items are:
Must Summer Lunch Supplies: Peanutbutter — Jelly — Juiceboxes — Sealable sandwich bags — Sealable snack bags — Paper lunch sacks —- Food preparation gloves (non latex)
Vacation Bible School Supplies (please contact Kristin Brenneman at email@example.com to let her know what has been purchased so we can keep track of the amounts.) Thank you to all of you that have donated so far.
(we will only be borrowing some of these items and will promptly return after VBS has concluded.)
inflatable rafts (borrow)
river rocks (large and small)
driftwood pieces (small)
life jackets (borrow)
rafting paddles (borrow)
Easy to set up Christmas Trees (borrow)
The Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity is still underway and they want you! The house being built is nearby in Acworth and construction occurs Saturdays during June. Information about the build is posted on the Outreach Board in the administrative hallway and can also be found here along with registration instructions.
And finally, in a show of appreciation for all you do to make our Outreach efforts a success and also in an effort to advertise just how awesome we are here at Good Shepherd, we encourage you to stop by Fellowship Hall and pick up some of our new, reusable grocery totes compliments of the GSLC Outreach and Green team. The bags will be located in Fellowship Hall in the weeks to come and are free for the taking. The only thing we ask is that family units living under the same roof please limit themselves to three bags so that all our members can receive some.
As always, thanks for
As always, thank you for all your tremendous support in all we do here at Good Shepherd. I truly cannot do it without you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you ever have any questions, suggestions or ideas! I look forward to serving with you soon.
Kristin Brenneman, Outreach Coordinator, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church