by Alison Krause

The North Smithfield Food Pantry remains a strong support for so many in our community who are in need. When the Pantry reached out to Missions asking if Slatersville Congregational Church would be able to help out with gift cards to complete the Thanksgiving baskets, we were able to meet their need thanks to the generosity of our congregation. Missions purchased 65 $35 Stop & Shop gift cards for a total of $2,275. The Food Pantry and their clients were deeply grateful.

In recognition of Veterans’s Day and the depth of gratitude that we feel for all who have served, Missions voted to give $500 to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. OSDRI is Rhode Island’s primary nonprofit resource for homeless and at-risk veterans.The organization offers a wide-range of services including supportive permanent and transitional housing, legal and VA Benefit representation, intensive case management, basic human needs assistance (for example, foo and clothing), and employment training programs. Our donation will help to strengthen the veteran community by providing wrap-around services to veterans in need.

Believe it or not, it is time for our Annual ADOPT-A-FAMILY gift drive. Our church will be supporting 3 families in the community this year. Please help us out by selecting a gift request slip during Coffee Hour on December 3rd. After you have made your purchase, please wrap your gift and TAPE THE SLIP to the bottom of the wrapped package. Return your gift on or before Sunday, December 17th and help make a family’s Christmas one to remember