As a Church family, we are actively involved with significant donations of time,
talent and treasure when we are aware of needs in our community.
We operate the “Helping Hand Fund of Southwest Florida.” This fund provides emergency
assistance to meet a wide variety of needs that are created by loss of income, medical
conditions, or catastrophic loss. The fund has provided everything from expenses
for eye surgery and electric wheelchair repair to the meeting everyday needs such
as food, utilities, and rental assistance. Additional information regarding available
assistance for a specific need can be obtained by calling (239) 267-7400.
Though we are a small, we distributed over $50,000 worth of food, cleaning supplies,
and emergency aid when Hurricane Charlie struck our area. More recently, we held
a concert and chili cook-off to benefit earthquake relief in Haiti. Our efforts
allowed us to supply over $9,000 in cash, medical, cleaning and hygiene supplies.
This was combined with a large amount of clothing. We wisely used the transport
services of the Naples based “Hope for Haiti” to get the items to the point of need.
School Supplies and Uniforms are provided to several teachers each year. These
supplies and uniforms are distributed by the teachers to students that are in need.
During the school year teachers can bring additional needs to our attention and we
do our best to help. (i.e. We have provided “Thanksgiving” and “Christmas” for several
families in need.)
The Linus Project is a national program that we participate in on a local level.
Participants make, in the comfort of their own home and on their time schedule, blankets
and lap robes for small children and the elderly. These are distributed as needed
by the area coordinator of the Linus Project.
Hygiene Supplies for the Homeless is an ongoing mission project. Throughout the
year we collect soaps, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tooth brushes,
razors, shave cream and other hygiene supplies. These are packaged and shared with
service groups in our community that, in turn, distribute them to people in need.
Many of our supplies come from toiletries that are received while staying in hotels
The Peacemaker Award is given on a periodic basis. It is given to an individual
that has done significant, “Christ-like” work and service in our community that has
resulted in bringing a new or renewed sense of peace, harmony and/or well being to
others. The recipient is given a plaque and a $500 contribution is made in her or
his honor to the charity of their choice. People can be nominated by the public
and they do not need to be “Christian” to win the award. For more information, please
call (239) 267-7400.
During the month of January 2014 we are collecting food items for Nations Association
Canned goods needed are soups, vegetables, jelly or jam,
and peanut butter.
Boxed foods include rice, mash potato mixes, etc.
During the month of December 2013 we collected toys for children ages 11-13. The
toys were given to The Salvation Army for distribution. We also collected items needed
by The Salvation Army Women's Shelter.
During the months of October and November we collected funds for “SMILE TRAIN”, a
ministry that provides surgery for children with cleft palates. Our goal was $500
but we raised four times that amount ...$2000. That amount will provide surgery
for two children and bring them hope for a normal life. Cleft palates are a major
problem in developing countries where more than one million children are suffering.
Most can’t eat or speak properly and often are not allowed to attend school or hold
a job. In some cultures these children are seen as being “cursed by God.” The “SMILE
TRAIN” is changing young lives for the better. To learn more about the SMILE TRAIN,
go to their web site ... www.smiletrain.org
During the month of September we gave our mission basket some time off.
Our project in August was to collect school supplies for children in need. The supplies
were distributed at Villas and Tanglewood Elementary Schools and also through the
Nations Association. Check this site again in a few days to see a list of items that
Our project for July was “PENNIES FROM THE HEART”. Funds collected will help house
and feed families that are staying at Ronald McDonald House while having their very
ill children cared for at the hospital. We are collecting coins and of course, we
won’t turn down paper money.
OTHER RECENT MISSION PROJECTS ...
HOLY COW!During January and February 2013 we raised funds to purchase a heifer,
through the International Heifer Project. We are pleased to report that we exceeded
our $500 goal which was the amount needed for one cow. We thanks our friends from
the Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge for helping us meet our goal. International Heifer
Project will deliver the cow to a village someone in the world where there is a need
for fresh milk. Go here to read more about International Heifer Project.
Other organizations supported by the our Mission Basket in 2013 were ...
March - School Supplies for Colonial, Tanglewood and Villas Elementary Schools.