There are 300+ pre-kindergarten-aged children living below the poverty level who will be going back to school and will need a face mask. We have been asked if our folks might be able to make some cloth masks for these children. If that sounds like your thing, we would love to fill that need. Think about appropriate size and materials as you make them, and then bring them by the church.
This week 106 lovely Winfree-made masks were delivered to VCU Health! Well done and thank you, Winfree sew-ers. We will continue providing masks to give to CARITAS. Any fabric is acceptable; the 65/35 cotton is most desired. You can drop the masks off at the church during office hours. Please refer to the instructions below by clicking the button that will take you to VCU's website with guidelines.
Needs for Friends of the Homeless
Items can be dropped off in the MAC kitchen during office hours. PLEASE LABEL.
For lunches and snacks:
Nabs crackers(any kind and any amount)
Trail mix packs
Bags of crackers, cookies and chips
Homemade cookies (that can be frozen till needed)
BumbleBee Chicken salad snack boxes
Little Debbie Snack cakes
Small candies (any kind of snack size)
If a family or group would like to make non perishable lunches:
2 proteins (peanut butter crackers or trail mix or BumbleBee Snack boxes)
1 fruit cup
1 bagged chip
I dessert (cookie or snack cake)
2-3 small candies
Paper bag- can write message on the bag!
The day finally came! On August 15, we were able to set up the sober living apartment at the new CARITAS center. There is still a lot of work to do to complete the center, but apartments are near ready and occupants will be moving in within a couple of weeks. See scrolling pictures below!
Our team made up beds, washed and placed dishes and kitchen appliances in their proper places, unpacked all appliances and put them in their proper places. We left welcoming notes and prayed together for the space and those who would occupy it in the years to come, closing with the blessing Mike Weaver wrote for the space which you can read HERE. Debbie Haynes had a portion of this blessing framed for placement in the apartment.
CARITAS will do final furniture arrangements and “unwrapping” after the punch list is finished. If you want to learn more about CARITAS and the center, you can visit www.caritasva.org. If you did not see the article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, you can access it HERE.
Thanks to everyone for your generosity in giving faithfully to our budget and for filling all the items on the shower registry to equip the apartment. Good work!
Needles, Hooks and Beads
This group meets twice a month for hands-on missions, hand-crafting blankets, prayer shawls, necklaces, earrings and more. Come and learn. Come for great fellowship!
Every weekend we provide backpacks with food for children and families in local schools. On average, we have served more than 100 people every year.
Throughout the school year, Winfree’s Backpack Ministry provides food for children and their families, who do not have enough to eat. During the upcoming school year, we will serve 4 primary schools:
We will also serve a few families at Robious Elementary, Robious Middle, and Bon Air Elementary schools. Every Tuesday, a dedicated group of volunteers meets at Winfree to pack the backpacks, and then deliver them to the schools for the children to take home on Friday. The children return the backpacks to school the following week, where we pick them up and pack them again. Also, each week one volunteer shops to replenish the food supplies.
Rice Bowl Ministry
The “Rice Bowl” banks remind us that many people in third-world countries have approximately one bowl of rice per day. Spare change and designated offerings support various ministries locally and around the world.
Thanksgiving Meal Bags
We support the CCHASM program that provides Thanksgiving meal packages to families in need.
For more information, please visit CCHASM's website or call the church office at 794-5031.
Middle District Christmas Store
This program helps to provide Christmas presents for children whose parents could not afford to do so. Applications are approved by Chesterfield County and the Middle District Baptist Assoc. Winfree assists with this mission by sponsoring children and volunteering at the store.