The 12 Gifts of Christmas: Day Two

The second gift on our list is one that is universally beloved by all: spaghetti sauce! There’s nothing better than sitting down to dinner with a plate filled with hot spaghetti topped off with that delicious sauce.

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We are always in need of spaghetti sauce, especially for our food bag program. In every food bag we put simple, easy, and delicious foods that are generally loved by everyone. And spaghetti easily falls into that category. Spaghetti is a quick but nourishing meal that busy families, or families with limited cooking background, can make without a lot of fuss or time.

But our kitchen also loves using spaghetti sauce for various meals for our residents and community guests so we go through spaghetti sauce quite frequently.

Any donation of spaghetti sauce is welcome but we do ask for 24 oz jars so they can easily fit into a food bag. No matter the brand or the flavoring of the sauce – we’ll use it! And if you’re feeling extra Italian at the grocery store and want to pick up some boxes of spaghetti then we most certainly will gladly accept those as well!

To donate please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. Or just swing by and drop off any donations to our office between 8am – 5pm M-F. And please help us by spreading our Christmas wish list to all your friends, family, co-workers, church, civic group or scout troops.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Local Girl Scouts Give Hope

The Girl Scouts from Troop 40002 visited The Hope Center on November 17th and brought with them blankets that the girls had made themselves to donate to our shelter.

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While here, the girls and their leaders met some of the men who are enrolled in our 13-month program.  The girls learned about our emergency shelter as well as our long-term program.

We’re so thankful that these young ladies have a heart to help their neighbors in need. And it’s very important that children are aware of the needs of others and learn about ways to help give back to their community.

If you would like information on how you can get involved, just like the Girl Scouts, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

They’re Back!!

The kids from St. James Brethren Church didn’t get enough the first time they volunteered so they came back for more!

And we are so happy they did!

This time the group was a little bit larger and super excited to get to work. The last time the young people from St. James stopped by they helped to pack food boxes. This time we had them pack some food bags for our food bank ministry. The group got right to work and finished in no time!

After all the bags were filled with food, the group was assigned to help organize personal care items and also fill personal care bags. The personal care bags are full of items like soap, shampoo, a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and deodorant. These bags are given to transient men who stay in our overnight shelter as well as men who are residents of our program.

The youth group had a good time packing the much needed personal care kits as well as helping to separate bags of soaps, shampoos and other items for future use.

We greatly appreciate the work that these young people did for us. Preparing the food bags was a tremendous blessing. Keeping food bags stocked to hand out can be a very time consuming project. And we’re constantly handing out personal care kits to our overnight guests so it’s nice to have plenty ready to hand out.

We want to thank Sara Moore, the leaders and the young people from St. James Brethren Church for coming back and helping us! The enthusiasm of these young people is exciting! They were so happy to help out and get involved that they were already talking about coming back!

The future looks bright when you see young people, like the kids from St. James, so excited to serve the Lord and help others in need. To see kids with such servant hearts is a wonderful sight!

Thanks again, Sara & the BYIC youth group! You’re welcome back anytime!!!

If the young people from St. James have inspired you or your group to get involved in some way, please contact Becky Shank at 301.739.1165 or hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

If you would like more information about the BYIC youth program at St James Brethren Church or you would like to know more about the church itself, jump over to www.sjbchurch.com or connect with the church on facebook.

The BYIC youth group meets every other Sunday in the ministry center at the church from 4-6pm. All youth from 2nd-12th grades are welcomed to attend. St. James Brethren Church is located at 17718 Lappans Rd in St. James. In addition to the monthly meetings, St James also has a summer camp program, Kings Kids Summer Kamp, for kids in grades K-5th. The church also has a state accredited child care program for infants of 6 weeks to 12 years old.