The month of December always holds so many opportunities for service. Matter of fact sometimes too many to fit in one schedule. Last week I had to cancel out on wrapping presents for Angel Tree Ministries because of my trip to the emergency room. Any way this week has already had us working on two service projects. Our church prison ministry team has signed on to go to a women's 12 month residential home once a month to cook dinner and fellowship with the women. Such precious women and because they are not still in prison Grace can go with me. Last month we made dinner and sang Christmas carols. Since then they have attended a Christmas Tea at our church and some of the women got to come see The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. This past Monday we prepared dinner again and played Win Lose or Draw. Real bonds are forming between us and these women, we love going and spending time with them. I didn't take any pictures because obviously I want to respect their privacy.
This morning our youth service group got to participate with a local organization to fill 650 Christmas Baskets for needy families that will go out tomorrow. In the above photo you are looking at 1300 grocery bags. These bags are filled with apples, oranges, potatoes, bread, eggs, canned goods, boxed goods, and in the past a ham or turkey (didn't see any today but they may be under refrigeration until tomorrow). All the food is donated from local businesses. We had enough volunteers come out to get this accomplished in under one hour. We live in a great community and this was great for the youth service group to participate.
Our family as well as our youth service group are very focused in making service to the community a monthly item on our agenda. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago some of the girls in our group are going to a girl's home once a month to fellowship and possibly do some mentoring as well as walking dogs and loving on cats at the local no kill animal shelter. Our next meeting will be in January and we will be planning all sorts of new service projects for the new year as well as fund raising events.