• Michael Yudt

5 Ways your family can serve during covid-19

Updated: 17 hours ago

We know this is a hard time for many families as you adjust to the new normal of having school, work, and church all at home. Our first priority as parents during this pandemic is to make sure our kids are safe and the needs of our family are met.

As you meet the needs of your own family, I would encourage you to think about helping others who are in need in our community. This can be a great way to model for your kids what it means to put others first, even during challenging times.

Listed below are 5 opportunities to serve others during this pandemic. I would encourage you to prayerfully consider 1 of them.

What you can do to help others at this time:

1. Activity Bags for Low Income Families in Frederick - not every family has adequate resources to keep their kids engaged at home in constructive ways. Purchase or donate new and unopened supplies that can be assembled into Family Activity bags. Download the list of requested items by clicking here. Also, we are in need of the orange 5 gallon buckets from Home Depot! Drop your supplies off at Trinity United Methodist Church in Frederick (703 W Patrick St) for assembly during the following hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm. Questions? Email Ann-Marie Miller at childrensministry@damascus.com.

2. Prepare a meal to be picked up for Meals on Wheels - the Frederick County Senior Services Division needs our help at this time. If you can prepare one or more meals we will come to you to pick it up... you can leave them on your front porch in a box or bag and we will do the rest. Click here to download the flyer for a list of possible meal items. You don't need to include all these items. Just enough for a meal or two.

Please click here to schedule a pickup date and time.

3. 24/7 Drop off @ DRCC - simply drop off any of the following items in the receptacle by the front door of church. All donations will be sanitized before they are delivered to those in need. Suggested donations: toilet paper, paper towels, rice, black beans, canned vegetables or soups, and snack bars. (Note: in addition, there is a clothing and shoes bin in the back of DRCC that will benefit the Frederick Rescue Mission.)

4. Leave a Good Neighbor card in the mailbox of some of your neighbors - letting them know you are there to help if needed. Click here to download the Good Neighbor card or make your own.

5. Interested in joining a team of volunteers serving our local community? Opportunities include calling those who have requested food, preparing food boxes, picking up and delivering food, etc.. Email Joy Thompson at joyt@damascus.com to learn more and get started.

A special thank you to Pastor Paul Foss for facilitating many of these serving opportunities.

Questions? Email childrensministry@damascus.com

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