Grace Helping Madison
During the summer 2016, Grace membership was searching/brainstorming for a way to help our local community. After many discussions we decided upon the idea of donations/drives for items that are requested from local groups. The donations would come from the congregation and local residents, and be distributed back to the community. Listed below are the current and past drives.
Spring 2020 - Isolation Kits
THIS QUARTER’S GRACE HELPING MADISON DRIVE will support CASA of Madison County. CASA is putting together isolation kits for their clients during the coronavirus pandemic. Their most needed items are low sodium canned vegetables, spaghetti sauces, peanut butter, cereal (no sugar added), oatmeal (smaller containers), cleaning supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, Clorox wipes, Lysol), and toiletries such as toothpaste, body soap (bar or liquid), hand soap (bar or liquid), shampoo, and conditioner. Donated items can be placed in the gray bin outside Grace PC’s front doors. For a list of more items and a link to donate online for needed supplies, go to the CASA Madison County website.
Fall 2019 - Sock Drive
The Grace Helping Madison drive for the fall will be a sock drive for the homeless shelters in the Madison/Huntsville area. Please bring brand new pairs of socks and place them in the blue bin in the narthex. Men's, women's, and children's socks in all sizes are needed. Any style of socks will be welcome. Socks are a constant need for our homeless brothers and sisters, so providing new socks will help them stay warm during the upcoming winter and promote good foot care. The sock drive will run through January 5, 2020.
Spring 2019 - Assistance Kits
Our Confirmation Class will be assembling “assistance kits” with gallon baggies, water bottles, toothbrushes, tooth paste, soap, tissues, washcloths, crackers and/or granola bars. Please bring in any of these items to the church by Sunday, April 14. This will give the class time to assemble the kits and redistribute them to congregation members who would like to keep one or two in their cars for those times when they are asked for assistance from someone in need.
Fall 2018 - Kids to Love
The Grace Helping Madison drive for the fall will benefit Kids to Love. Kids to Love is a non-profit organization, located in Madison, that helps foster children find forever families. Many of these foster children are between the ages of 10 and 18. For those who do not find a family, Kids to Love provides housing, education, and independent living skills training.
In the narthex, there is a Kids to Love fall tree. It was decorated by the youth group with leaves that have wish list items for Kids to Love’s Christmas for the Kids program. Please find a leaf with an item you wish to purchase and donate, and keep the leaf so the youth know which items are taken. Please note that all donated items must be new (not used). Donations will be collected at Grace until December 1.
Spring 2018 - INSIDE-OUT MinistriesOur Grace spring drive is a group effort with Congregation Care and the Youth Group. We will be collecting a range of basic needs for Inside-Out Ministries located here in Madison to serve the City of Madison. Inside-Out is an All-Volunteer service organization. There current needs are:
- Clothes: new and gently used coats, mittens, hats, and scarves
- Food Items: canned fruit, spaghetti sauce, canned/packets of meat, pancake syrup, cereal, jelly, bottles of juice
- Clean Items: clothes detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, multipurpose cleaners (ie. 409, Lysol)
- Hygiene Products: deodorant and shampoo
Fall 2017 - Baby Wipes and small paper plates
The Handbell Choir of Grace has suggested our latest community outreach drive. We will be collecting baby wipes and small paper plates to support our local United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley. UCP has a donation list on their website. Please drop off donations at Grace anytime this fall./p>
Summer 2017 - PET SUPPLIES
The Youth of Grace have chosen to help MARF (Madison Animal Rescue Foundation) for the church’s second quarter drive. MARF needs dog and cat food, dog and cat toys, and new or gently used crates and carriers for all size pets. Please bring your donations to the church by July 1. For more details (such as pet food brands, etc.) see MARF’s wish list.
Spring 2017 - ADULT DIAPERS
Grace is having another drive to help CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound of Madison County). CASA needs all sizes of adult diapers (or absorbent underwear) for the aging they serve. Please consider donating a package of diapers. Drop off at the church.
Fall 2016 – PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS
The first donation opportunity helps fulfill a CASA need. Grace is collecting plastic food containers (clean used or new). Containers will be used by CASA to distribute fruits and vegetables to the elderly this fall. Please bring plastic container to Grace by September 11, and place in the blue tub outside the front door.