|Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM|
Do you know about Hands of Christ?
---DID YOU KNOW---There are no public programs to assist families by providing school clothes and supplies. Nope, no “school lunch” for clothing and supplies. All parents know it is hard enough to send children to school in properly fitting, clean clothes every day, but imagine doing it when you have no in-home laundry facilities, or no home at all. Shopping for clothes and supplies with little children in tow can be stressful, but imagine if you have no transportation. Clothing growing children can tax any budget, but imagine you must choose between clothing and food. These are the types of need Hands of Christ seeks to meet.
--Each summer in the three weeks before school starts, Hands of Christ is on the road, holding distributions at Presbyterian churches from Edisto to McClellanville, from Johns Island to Kingstree--and this year all the way to Orangeburg! Hands of Christ began in 2003 as a partnership between Zion-Olivet and Westminster Presbyterian Churches. By 2016, the number of congregations supporting this ministry with volunteer hours and donations (both in-kind and monetary) had reached more than 24 and the number of children assisted topped 47,000. A thousand volunteers a year are the fuel that runs this bus--AND YOU ARE INVITED TO BE A PART OF IT!
Hands of Christ needs volunteers:
-- Volunteers are needed at most distribution locations for a variety of tasks, but mostly (and most rewarding) as “shopping buddies.” Each child who comes to us is assigned a volunteer to be their best friend while leading the child through the distribution site to help him or her pick out two shirts, two pair of pants (or other “Bottoms” two pairs of undies and two pairs of socks. No experience necessary; we have a crew that helps assess sizes and fit.
--Additional volunteers are welcome behind the scenes at Westminster PC, where the program is housed; there will be almost daily work each morning preparing for distributions.
Hands of Christ welcomes help in publicizing its mission. Does your church know individual families in need or have connections to organizations that help children and families? Hands of Christ is there for those in the community who need the help getting their children outfitted for school. There are only three requirements: 1. The child must be present; we cannot give out clothing and supplies if the child is not physically present. 2. There must be some adult present who is responsible for the child. One adult can bring more than one child and that adult does not have to be a parent or legal guardian. 3. A child can receive clothing and supplies from only one location each year. It does not matter where the child is served or *what school the child attends; the parent or responsible adult can bring the child to whichever distribution is convenient. We ask they they not go to more than one location, however, so that we can be sure we have enough for every child who needs clothing and supplies to get their share. Anyone who would like a poster or other promotional materials please contact us at [email protected]