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Helping Hands of St. Johns County

On June 2 Helping Hands of Saint Johns County hosted a Barbeque at the Homeless Coalition. The food was great. We roasted hot dogs and served other picnic items. Thanks to all who donated the food and helped serve it. The children received the Splash Paks that were donated. Each pack held a swim suit, beach towel, flip flops, sun screen and visor. We hope all the children have fun swimming this summer. Our thanks to our partner Publix on 210 for the sun screen and bags and also thanks to all our members who so freely donated the other items.

We will be collecting school supplies for local children on July 27. All our children need a good start to each school year.

We are working on an on-going project - Birthday Blessings. Helping Hands of Saint Johns County is making birthday cards to be given various assisted living facilities in the area. We have made over 200 cards now and plan to continue making more. The staff at these facilities will hand out the cards to each resident on their birthday. Many of these folks have no family left and would love a handmade remembrance. We hope to brighten their day with at least a card, showing our love and caring. A group of our members meet each Tuesday and have been making cards during the month of May. At our Friday meeting July 27 we will continue making more cards.

On August 31 we will be collecting non-perishable food and new underwear to be given to Saint Francis House. There is always a need to help the homeless. Small donations are always welcomed. We will also continue our Birthday Blessing project.

Our Christmas project this year will be filling stockings with various items for our military. These will have to be filled by November 9, 2018 to be packed and mailed to arrive overseas before Christmas. Our Lady of Good Counsel on State Road 16 in St. Augustine mails about 10 boxes each month to our soldiers still in Iraq and Afghanistan. There will be 2 styles of stockings: a snack and a health and beauty aids one. Items needed are chap stick, sample sizes shampoo etc, ( we have some toiletries but need more) hand sanitizer, crossword, word search or suduko books, foldable fly swatter, back scratcher( pier 1 only), they have to fit in the box, must be foldable, white low socks, black cushion socks, kleenex, after shave or cologne. The snack ones need beef jerky, hard candy, cough drops, sweetener packets, mio or Crystal lite, small tins Vienna sausage, tuna fish, etc. (no chocolate).

Note: November meeting will be on Friday November 9 to fill the Stockings for Soldiers.

Helping Hands of Saint Johns County is a volunteer organization started in 2006 that meets from 10 AM to noon the last Friday of the month excluding November and December. There are no dues, officers or stress. Members come when they can and do what they can with what is donated. Helping Hands is fortunate to have many community partners and could not exist without their help through donations of goods and services. The group meets a Faith Community Church, 3450 CR 210 W, Saint Johns FL 32259. For more information contact via email: jacqphil@aol.com.


For Memorial Day the “Field of Crosses” was displayed at Celebration Lutheran Church on Roberts Road. On May 20th there was a wonderful program at the church honoring all our military. We are grateful to Celebration Lutheran Church for having the Military Tribute, to Diane Conklin’s work putting the program together and Reverend Steve DeSanto for being the Master of Ceremonies. The program was beautifully done. Thanks to all who participated. Our gratitude to Jaxon Kendricks who built the individual crosses as an Eagle Project and to Builders First Source, Hagan Ace Hardware and Sherwin Williams who assisted Jaxon with the supplies for the crosses. Also a big thanks to Ken DeShay who made the large crosses and helped to set up the display; to Russell Flint who surveyed and marked out the ‘Field of Crosses’; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who installed the crosses along with others; the youth of that church who attached the names to each cross and set up the small flags. I must mention County Road 210 Storage who allows us to store the crosses. Thank you. So many people helped.

As MSgt Herbert Shaw (retired) said in his talk at the Memorial Tribute, Memorial Day is a different kind of holiday. It is a day of reflection, to remember those who gave their all for our freedom. Without the sacrifices of the military men and women and their families we would not be enjoying this country’s freedom. Our thanks to all who participated in the program: Hebert Shaw; the Honor Guard from San Juan Del Rio for posting the colors, David Bennion and his sons who sang the National Anthem and Tell My Father so beautifully, James Steele who played Taps on the bugle and Lou Heningson for playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. It was a very special program. Thank you all.

At our monthly meeting on May 25 we put together Splash Pacs for the kids at the Homeless Coalition. Our thanks go to all our members who donated bathing suits, beach towels, flip flops and visors for this. Also our thanks to our community partner, Publix on CR 210 for all the sunscreen and bags. These will be given to the children at a cookout we are hosting for them on June 2nd at 11:30.

We are grateful to Faith Community Church on CR 210 for the Hurricane Rescue kits. We will be prepared to help others if and when a storm hits. We hope there won’t be much need, but we have to be prepared.

At our June 29 meeting we will be making baby blankets from fabric that has been donated. These blankets will be given to Saint Gerard House for the new mothers there. Please bring scissors and needles to hem the blankets.

In July at our monthly meeting we will be collecting school supplies.

Our Christmas project will be filling stockings with various items for our military. These will have to be filled by November 9, 2018 to be packed and mailed to arrive overseas before Christmas. Our Lady of Good Counsel on State Road 16 in St. Augustine mails about 10 boxes each month to our soldiers still in Iraq and Afghanistan. Items might include jerky, tums. yoyo’s, small sized toiletries, sock, black or no show white only, sunscreen, chap stick, puzzle books, etc.

Birthday Blessings is an ongoing project we have started to make Birthday Cards for Senior Citizens a various assisted living facilities in the area. We have made over 100 cards to date and will continue making more as we give them to these facilities for the staff to deliver on the birthday of a senior. Many of these folks have no one left and at least they will get a card on their birthday. We want to make sure not one of these citizens feels forgotten.

 

Helping Hands of Saint Johns County is a volunteer organization started in 2006 that meets from 10 AM to noon the last Friday of the month (November will be on the 17th and none in December). There are no dues, officers or stress. Members come when they can and do what they can with what is donated. Helping Hands is fortunate to have many community partners and could not exist without their help through donations of goods and services. The group meets a Faith Community Church, 3450 CR 210 W, Saint Johns FL 32259. For more information contact via email: jacqphil@aol.com.

Please visit our Facebook page Helping Hands of St Johns County. Additional pictures and notices will be included on the site. Thanks.

https://www.facebook.com/Helping-Hands-of-St-Johns-County-1694588480839009/

 
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