Greetings, Bay Shore!
Our first MLK Jr. Day of Service is right around the corner! And yes, we are planning on proceeding with this event on Monday, January 17, 2022, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending by 1 p.m.
To work around current concerns, we have made some updates to the event to offer both in-person and remote volunteering options. We continue to welcome more volunteers and additional donations, and hope that this change encourages you to participate, even if you do not feel comfortable or safe gathering in person.
Here are some highlights to know:
- In-person volunteers will assemble kits and sandwiches inside the church, with 20-40 additional volunteers. Stations will be spaced out throughout the church to allow for social distancing. Masks are required, and we ask that only individuals who are fully COVID-vaccinated participate in the In-Person option.
- Remote volunteers will stop by the church parking lot by 11a.m. to pick up supplies for making kits/sandwiches at home, and will return the assembled kits/sandwiches by 1p.m. on the same day. Remote volunteers will be provided with everything they need, including instructions and food prep supplies.
- BOXED Lunch will be provided to all volunteers (both In-Person and Remote) who register by January 12th as a thank you for helping!
- Consider donating items that we still need! We will be assembling Winter Care Kits, Personal Care Kits, and sandwiches. Supply needs range from gently used hats and mittens, to bottles of shampoo, tissues, and lip balm. All donations go directly to the kits we are assembling, and the more donations we receive, the more we can donate to our neighbors in need.
Register to volunteer or to donate items, via the church website: MLK Jr. Day (bayshorelutheran.org) You will find links on the webpage to sign up to volunteer, to donate items and more.
Questions? Please email our chair of the event, Julie Murphy at [email protected].
This is a wonderful way for Bay Shore to be actively engaged in our community and serve those in need. Feel free to welcome your neighbors and more to participate and donate, too. With the ability to do your projects at home, this is truly open to all. I pray that you consider helping as much as you are able. Jesus called us to serve—this is just one way we can do so this January!