With the support of St. Paul Lutheran Church members, we had another extremely successful year collecting approximately $2,400 in donations for the community.
Gifts were purchased for 9 different Missouri Valley families, including 20 children. Each family was also gifted a “Christmas Dinner Box” containing nonperishable items for a Christmas meal. The Committee received a generous donation from the Woodmen Life Iowa Chapter. A portion of the donation was used to purchase school supplies and craft items for Missouri Valley’s Extended Care Programs, and the remaining amount will be saved in the Angel Tree account. Kleenex boxes and Clorox wipes were also donated to a congregation member teacher.
With funds left in the Angel Tree account from last year, the Committee donated $100 to Missouri Valley Middle School’s PBIS Stamp Store. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The money will be used to purchase items such as snacks, drinks, posters, school supplies, and games. Students who display positive behaviors and follow expectations can pick items from the Stamp Store as a reward.
With help from the Fellowship Committee and congregation members, holiday cheer was delivered to 23 elderly congregation members of St. Paul. Members received a gift basket of soup, crackers, a soup bowl, a Christmas themed dish towel, cookies, chocolates, and hot cocoa packets. Children in Sunday school received a “decorate your own cookies” kit, and Sunday school teachers were gifted a local coffee shop gift card as a thank you for their commitment to our youth. Also with your donations, our local first responders received Eileen’s Cookies to show our appreciation for their dedication to our community.
Thank you, once again, for your tremendous generosity and continuing the congregation’s mission to lend a helping hand to those in need.