Hands of Christ

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2016 Summary

Posted by handsofchrist.net@gmail.com on September 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Our 14th distribution season in the Lowcountry sent us well past the 45,000 mark of children served since we first began in 2003. In 2016 we served 4692 children from 2066 families. We could not have done it without the help of the most awesome of volunteers, over 1000, who served from served children in five counties in the Lowcountry (Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Laurens, and Williamsburg counties) as well as at Thornwell in Clinton.

North Charleston became a special focus for two reasons. First, the Park Circle congregation was dissolved at their request by Charleston Atlantic Presbytery earlier in the year. Recognizing the need in the Park Circle area we were able to hold a distribution there even though there was no longer a congregation to host us. Volunteers from the many churches enable us to pull this off. Secondly, we opened a second site in North Charleston as Zion Olivet relocated from downtown to share facilities with Advent Lutheran Church on Rivers Avenue. The single day distribution there went exceedingly well as members from both congregations were joined by many volunteers from our member churches.

The annual benefit concert was again uplifting and energizing as the choirs of Harbor View, James Island, and St. James again treated us to great music and worship. It was followed by a delicious spaghetti benefit supper.

The first week we were again blessed to have the youth mission team from Anchor Presbyterian Church Newtown, PA with Pastor Leah Miller as our guests! They were a great help with loading, unloading, setting up, and helping with the distributions. They also brought along youth and adult advisors from Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley, PA.

Thanks to our amazing Road Crew under the Direction of Operations Jim Frye. They traveled to every site to deliver supplies and clothes and oftentimes help lead the distribution effort. Our Road Crew expanded its membership both in order to lighten its load as well as to further along the paths of succession that time requires as it marches on.

The after-distribution fellowship meals were awesome and depending on the site we ate ribs, red rice, spaghetti, cole slaw, fresh fruit, fried chicken, smoked ham, pizza, chicken salad, tossed salad, lasagna, barbeque pork, and many other delicious items. The first half of our mission statement is to “bring Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations together. Besides working side by side, it is at these meals that friendships are further cemented.

We were blessed with financial resources from our member congregations, grants from the Exchange Club of Charleston and the sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, and in-kind donations from Walmart and Fruit of the Loom. Kiawah Cares helped financially and brought volunteers to our distribution at Hebron Zion.


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