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Weekly Update from Mary

Friday, February 2, 2024

Valentine Surprise Bake Sale

On Sunday, February 11, 2024, SPL Hunger Warriors is hosting a Special Valentine Surprise Bake Sale in the Cafeteria during Breakfast Treats time following the 8:15 am Worship Service. Bakery donations can be dropped off in the Cafeteria marked Hunger Warriors any time Sunday Morning. Mark your calendars now, so you can bake and/or buy to help us celebrate our first Valentine Bake Sale for SPL Hunger Warriors.

Donate Food

Donated food & hygiene items needed monthly include SpaghettiOs, Ramen Noodles, snacks, tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, cans of vegetables, stew, SPAM, corned beef, peach slices, chicken breasts, jars of peanut butter, Grape Jam/jelly, wide noodles, cereal, along with any other food items your family does not need.

Our Newest Food program

Our newest food program to assist as of January 28, 2024 is Elyria Bread of Life Ministry with Director Tiffani Reedy of Elyria. Following are key facts on how and why they help the homeless community of Elyria. “God has gathered a team of people who, above all, love the Lord and are dedicated to service. We are a committed group of people united by our unshakeable faith and shared desire to serve the homeless community with compassion and purpose. We believe in the transformative power of community support, and your contributions play a crucial role in our mission to aid the homeless in securing basic necessities. Your support goes beyond a simple donation; it becomes a beacon of hope for those facing the hardships of homelessness. Through your generosity, we are able to provide essential resources to those in need.

Your involvement empowers us to create a positive impact, restoring dignity and offering a pathway towards stability for the most vulnerable among us. By extending your support, you become an integral part of our collective effort to address homelessness, fostering a community where compassion and kindness prevail, and where everyone has the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Together, we can make a meaningful difference and create a brighter future for those who need it most.

At the heart of our ministry in Elyria, Ohio, is the life-transforming message of hope found in Jesus Christ. He is the sustenance we all need, like the bread of life. Our passion is to serve the homeless by offering warm meals and friendly smiles, embodying the love of Christ. We share the gospel by distributing Bibles and tracts to strengthen the community’s connection with Christ. Through personal conversations and the privilege of meeting faces with needs, we guide individuals to local resources, starting them on a path towards essential services. Together, we’re building a pathway of hope and support for our community.

Your financial contribution is a beacon of hope for the homeless, enabling us to provide immediate relief. With your generous support, we can continue to offer essential resources and assistance. Please consider making a monetary donation today to help us make a lasting impact in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Elyria Bread of Life Blessing Box Donation List Help Us Protect the Homeless this Winter! As the cold winds of winter sweep in, the homeless in our community face increased challenges. Your compassion will make a significant difference. Please consider donating to the Elyria Bread of Life blessing box located on Williams Street. Below is a list of recommended items, but please donate as your heart leads.

CLOTHING: Boots Coats Gloves Hats Scarves Socks

FOOD: Apple sauce cups Beef jerky Bread Breakfast bars Chicken pouches Chicken salad kits Crackers/cookies Dried fruit Granola bars Jelly Mints/hard candy Oatmeal packets Peanut butter Pudding cups Salmon Trail mix Tuna Tuna salad kits DRINKS Bottled water Hot chocolate packets Individual creamers Instant coffee packets EVANGELISM Bibles Notebooks Pens HEALTH/HYGIENE Body wipes Brushes Combs Deodorant Feminine hygiene products Hand lotion Hand sanitizer Lip balm Nail clippers Sunscreen Toilet paper Toothbrush Toothpaste OTHER Backpacks Bank-aids Blankets Can openers Cups/lids Gallon freezer bags Hand warmers Keyring flashlights Napkins Plastic spoons Sandwich bags Stirrers Tents Tissue packs Wash cloths *Please consider sugar free options.”

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SPL Hunger Warriors/Hunger Ministry/Mary’s Food Friends – Campaigns in 2024

  • January – Immanuel, Redeemer, Trinity
  • February – Parma, Trials For Hope, Church of the Ascension
  • March – Calvary Lutheran, New Covenant, St. John Nottingham Food Programs
  • April – St. Philips Our Daily Bread
  • May – Lorain Cooperative Ministry & Redeemer & Immanuel
  • June - Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland – 36th Annual Walk for Hunger – Zoo
  • July – Lakewood Community Service Center & North Ridgeville Community Care
  • August – Westlake Assistance Program & Faith Lutheran
  • September – Parma Hunger & Our Savior Mayfield Heights
  • October – Royal Redeemer & Zion Painesville & Christians In Action Olmsted Falls
  • November - Redeemer, Immanuel, & Trinity
  • December – Christ/Our Savior, & 300 each Center (Which Means that we need $7900 in December)

Helping 24 Hunger Programs – We are Jesus’ Heart, Hands, Feet, and Servers…Thank you for your dedicated Service of Food, Funds, & Time to these wonderful programs meeting neighborhood needs.