Thank you, First Baptist family, for your generosity which has allowed us to respond to local needs during this COVID-19 crisis. As you know, we have continued our canned fruit collection for United Ministries as well as our monthly missions emphases. We have had to change our collection modes in some cases, and you have responded! Thank you for your contributions of snacks for youthBASE in March, diapers for Diaper Bank of the Carolinas in April, items for Port City Project in Wilmington, NC, in May (sponsored by our Youth Ministry in lieu of the planned summer mission trip to Wilmington), and gently used books for Greenville Literacy Association this month. Our Mission Backpack team made extra food deliveries through school social workers when schools moved to virtual learning this spring. Stay tuned for more opportunities to give this summer and to help virtually “host” our IHN guest families June 21-July 1, when we were scheduled to host them in our church building.
In addition to these congregation-wide efforts, your Missions and Affiliations Committee donated on behalf of the church to several organizations and is staying in communication with our mission partners about other needs going forward. To date, we have contributed $46,000 to assist with the following:
• United Way for COVID-19 Relief Fund
• United Ministries support for families living in motels and other needs
• youthBASE for “Virtual pizza party” delivered to homes of 48 families
• Denmark Cares (Bamberg County – CBFSC mission partner) for yard signs and gift baskets recognizing the graduating class
• Genesis Homes for rent assistance for 3 families
• World Relief for rent and clothing assistance for our church’s refugee family partner
• West Greenville School for Publix gift cards for 10 Mission Backpack families
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A word of thanks from Meghan Barp, CEO United Way Greenville:
Dear First Baptist congregation—
Thank you for your generous support of United Way’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. Thanks to you, we have been able to ensure that our families are fed, our neighbors have a roof over their heads, and that we are assisting with rent and utilities. We know that the economic recovery will take time, and your support is ensuring that we do not leave anyone behind.
If you, or anyone you know, needs support during this time please ask them to call 211 where we will be able to connect them with resources tailored to their needs. Again, my deepest gratitude for your generosity and kindness. If we can be of assistance in any way please do not hesitate to reach out.
In partnership, Meghan