Each year, the Community Outreach Committee organizes an Advent giving project for the congregation. In the past these projects have ranged from funding houses to be built in Central America, adopting a family and shopping, to purchase of mosquito nets. Last year, with full COVID protection in force, the Committee purchased gift cards for the YWCA and Family Housing Network families on behalf of Saint Andrew’s. Individual congregation members also contributed funds to purchase 23 phone cards for the in- mates that AIDNW serves.

Our congregation was busy and generous in September with the purchase and donation of the home kits to outfit Afghan families in Washington. The Community Outreach Committee wants to recognize and thank you for your generosity. For Advent, we wanted meaningful, but small, projects to which the congregation might choose to contribute.

Our first option is the donation of funds to purchase phone cards for the immigrant inmates at the NW Detention center in Tacoma. This is provided by AIDNW, one of the organizations that we sponsor. AIDNW purchases phone cards for $25 and provides them to inmates so they can contact their families.

Our second option is the donation of gift cards to be given to clients at the YWCA women’s shelter, so they may shop for the items they need. The YWCA has asked for gifts cards from the following stores: VISA, Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Amazon, Ross Dress for less, Safeway, or H&M. The cards can be in the $25-$100 range.

The gift and phone cards are due November 19 to facilitate distribution early for shopping. The Community Outreach Committee will accept gift cards and checks. The checks can be made out to Saint Andrew’s, and need to specify in the “For: ” either AIDNW phone card or YWCA gift card. Committee members will be in the Ada Webb Room after the 8 and 10 services on November 7 and 14th to collect the funds. The Committee will also use Outreach funds to round-up the donations, if needed. Thanks so much for your consideration.

Community Outreach Advent Giving Project – by Susan Rowe