Thanksgiving Baskets 2016

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but for 50 needy Rockland families the holiday was a little better. Through donations from our congregation and the St. George Church, we were able to assemble 50 Thanksgiving baskets complete with turkeys. On November 20, six of us shopped at ShopRite for the basket items. Seeing the mountain of food that we were buying and hearing the reason why, one kind shopper even gave us a $20 donation. Once we got back to the church, we made an assembly line to pack the bags with food. Since the turkeys had to be kept cold, Percy donated the use of his van to store the turkeys – a freezer on wheels since the night temperature was fairly cold.

On Monday morning, Carmen came to the church with a bag of bagels and her list of basket recipients. The baskets were ready to go and by 11 AM, they had all been picked up. Thanks to everyone who contributed donations, shopped, assembled the baskets, and distributed them. You made a difference to our neighbors in need.

Baskets awaiting distribution

Baskets awaiting distribution

Our Thanksgiving basket makers

Our Thanksgiving basket makers

Donated Thanksgiving turkeys

Donated Thanksgiving turkeys

Help make Thanksgiving a little brighter for a needy neighbor.  New Hempstead Church has a long tradition of donating “Thanksgiving Baskets” to local families in need. Be sure to bring your food items to church on Sunday, November 20 so that we can distribute them before Thanksgiving.   You can also sponsor a basket, and we’ll do the shopping for you.  We’ll need volunteers on November 20th to shop and assemble the baskets.  Contact Laura Bidon with any questions, or Carmen Bermudez if you know a family in need.

Special Guest on Sunday, August 21st

Pastor Lori will be away for continuing education on Sunday, August 21st.  In her absence, Toney Earl, Jr. will be our special guest at worship that day.  He’ll be sharing his personal story, and telling us more about the work of his organization–MADE (Making a Difference Everyday)–bringing hope and change to formerly incarcerated individuals. All are welcome!  Join us Sunday at 10AM.

Visit Us at the MLK Day Celebration – Monday, January 18th

New Hempstead Church is a proud sponsor of the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Celebration.  The event takes place this year at Ramapo High School (400 Viola Road), on Monday January 18th.  It’s a day of remembrance and celebration, featuring food, entertainment and inspirational speakers. Doors open at 3:00pm.  Come visit us at our table, and learn more about our outreach and service to the local community.

Safe Haven at NHPC – January 27, 28 & 29, 2016

We’ll be hosting our next Safe Havens in Murchison Hall on January 27-29th, and are in need of volunteers to help cook and serve dinner on those evenings. We also need overnight chaperones for those nights.  Contact Pam Fink or Laura Metallo-Bidon if you’re available to help out.  We’re also in need of toiletries to provide to our guests — personal size items are best.  Drop them in the bin in the Colonial Room.  Remember your neighbors in need by volunteering or donating to this effort.

“Warm Hands…Warm Hearts” Holiday Glove Drive at NHPC

We are collecting MEN’S GLOVES to be delivered to clients of the Salvation Army Canteen Food Program in Spring Valley. Men’s gloves are most in need, since most of the individuals served by the Canteen program are young immigrant men looking for work. Purchase a pair of warm winter gloves and bring them to Church by Sunday, December 13th, so they can be delivered in time for Christmas. Contact Laura Bidon with any questions.

Youth Group Organizing Thanksgiving Baskets – November 22

Our Youth Group is carrying on the proud NHPC tradition of assembling Thanksgiving Baskets for distribution to families in need this holiday season.  Whether you can contribute an entire “basket,” a few items from the list, or prefer to make a monetary contribution, all donations are welcome! Be sure to bring your donations to church by Sunday, November 22nd so that we can distribute them in time for Thanksgiving.  Items needed include:  Stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, gravy, canned vegetables, canned sweet potatoes, corn bread mix, cake/brownie mix, cake frosting, applesauce, canned cranberry sauce, canned soup.  Bring frozen turkeys and bread  no earlier than November 22nd, so we can store them safely.