We know that supporting those in our community goes beyond prayer, and we have a ministry devoted to providing for the physical needs of those needing a helping hand. At our Deacons’ Care Cottage (the little house with the red door next to our parking lot on Lacassie Avenue), we provide food, clothing, and small household items donated by our congregation and friends to people in our local community who are in need.
From a man recovering from an addiction and needing clothes for a job interview to a mother in need of clothing and blankets for a new baby to a family who needs clothing and shoes for their kids to go to school to someone who is just plain hungry and needs food, our clients make an appointment to come shop, free of charge, for things that they can use.
We welcome your donations of gently used clothing, toys, linens, and small household items, as well as non-perishable food.
Please do NOT leave donations on the doorstep! The donations may get dirty or rained on, or may be stolen.
If someone is not present, please check the top portion of the door. If it is unlocked, you may drop your donation inside the door. If you want a tax receipt, please leave a self-addressed envelope with your donation. No furniture or electronic equipment, please.
|Mondays||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Tuesdays||1:00 PM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesdays||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Fridays||9:00 AM – 12:00 PM|
|Sundays||10:00 AM - 1:00 PM|
|CLOSED MAJOR HOLIDAYS|
Each year, the Cottage hands out food boxes with special holiday treats for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and volunteers assist parents in need in selecting toys and games, free of charge, for their children in our Christmas Room. With Christmas music playing, the volunteers show Christ’s love and care as they welcome parents and help them “shop” for toys at this special time of year.
This year, like many things, the process has to be changed to meet COVID-19 safety guidelines. So we can’t hand out food bags or toy tags, but the holidays are still a great opportunity to ask your neighbors and friends for donations. Click on the link below for printable information on the drive and the shopping list for our most needed items.
You can donate in 3 ways:
- Sundays if you come to church: The students will be collecting both food and toy donations each Sunday in November in a “touchless donation” car parade. Watch for students directing traffic.
- Anyone online can do a touchless donation at the cottage on Mon – Wed – Fri, 9 – noon, or Tues 1-4. Call 925-937-3978 when you arrive and someone will come out to get your donation.
- You can also make a donation on the WCPC website under GIVE: Missions – Deacons Fund, or by check with Deacons Fund or account 3155 in the memo line, and we will do the shopping for you!
Student Ministries supports this effort through their fall mission project. In addition to collecting donations, on Nov. 22, the students will pack the food boxes for the Cottage to hand out, as they have for several years, only this time with lots of distance, gloves, and masks. Last year, the students packed 150 boxes in one afternoon. Can we match or beat that?
We cannot run the Christmas Room and hand out all these boxes without your support! Please consider volunteering to help. For more information and for detailed information on the Cottage’s COVID-19 safety processes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 925-937-3978.
Please consider including us in your Christmas shopping and holiday volunteering! Helping parents select gifts for their children or to provide a generous box of food and treats is a joyful and fun way to serve!