First Saturday Drive thru Collection at First Congregational Church of Webster Groves

We host a community drive-thru on our east parking lot every first Saturday of the month for a different charity.

Coming in August…

**We need volunteers for this event! There will be two shifts for the blood drive. Please go to:  https://tinyurl.com/red-cross-blood-drive to help!**

  • Blood donation saves lives. It helps accident & burn victims, those undergoing heart surgery & organ transplants, & cancer patients. Someone needs blood every 2 seconds in the US.
  • If you are at least 110lbs, in decently good health, & are at least 16 years old, you can donate!
  • A Red Cross representative will join us during Coffee Hour on the 24th to answer your questions about donating blood.

The blood drive will be held in Memorial Hall. Walk-ins are welcome, but online registration is preferred & will begin soon.

Give blood in August and get a $10 e-gift card to your choice of merchants. PLUS, automatically be entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value! You could be one of three lucky winners. Destination Donation! Terms apply, see:  rcblood.org/fuel

 

For additional information please contact Pastoral Assistant Halley Kim at First Church by calling (314) 962-0475 ex 12 or by emailing halley.kim@firstchurchwg.org.

School Supply Drive for Webster Rock Hill Ministries (WRHM)
August 6th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (concurrent with blood drive)

We are pleased to partner with WRHM once again, this time by providing school supplies for their Back-to-School Backpack Program.

In the weeks leading up to the start of school, WRHM distributes backpacks to students in need of school supplies. These backpacks are filled with grade-level appropriate materials, including:

  • notebooks
  • paper
  • pencils
  • pens
  • crayons
  • three-ring binders
  • and much more
  • Students in advanced classes may also receive calculators or other course specific material.

During the school year, WRHM has supplies available to replenish any needed materials.

This will be a drive-thru style event. We ask donors to turn into the parking lot from Lockwood Ave., drop off their items to church volunteers, and then exit by turning on to Elm Ave.

*We need volunteers for this event too! Please use the same Sign Up Genius linkhttps://tinyurl.com/red-cross-blood-drive to sign up and help out!*

In September we will be collecting items for Lydia’s House

Lydia’s House offers secure housing and immediate community for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We have 50 confidentially located, fully furnished apartments where families can find refuge, safety and support. Our transitional housing is one of the largest in the country and the only program of its kind in eastern Missouri.

Each family at Lydia’s House is provided an advocate to help guide them through the process of recovering from abuse. All family members are connected to support services, including individual and group resources, to help them build the skills that are necessary not only for surviving but thriving in the wake of trauma.

By giving to Lydia’s House, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and children escaping domestic violence. You can help make certain that Lydia’s House will remain a vital member of the community, helping to ensure that the women and children who come to us in the wake of abuse will be able to receive the support and resources necessary to rebuild their lives. Through ongoing efforts we continue to improve our programs to provide the best possible support and resources available. Your support can truly help change lives.

Household Needs:

  • Pots and pans (new)
  • Microwaves (new only)
  • 13 gallon trash cans
  • Small Dish Drainers
  • CFL Bulbs (60 w/100w)
  • Kitchen towels and washcloths
  • Bath Towel Sets (face, hand, body) – new only, neutral colors please
  • Twin-size sheet sets (new only)
  • Mattress covers (zippered plastic and waterproof) – twin size only
  • Heavy duty flashlights
  • Pot Holders

Toiletries:

  • Toilet paper
  • Pink Oil Moisturizer
  • Blue Magic hair oil
  • Eco Styler hair gel
  • Jam hair gel
  • Suave Naturals shampoo and conditioner
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner
  • Creme of Nature hair products
  • Motions natural hair products
  • Olive Oil relaxers
  • Just For Me relaxer for little girls

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Dish soap
  • Kitchen mops and buckets (rag style only)
  • Brooms and dust pans
  • Laundry detergent
  • Pine-sol
  • Paper towels
  • Latex gloves

Children’s Needs:

  • Children’s bedspreads and comforters (especially boys)
  • Baby Sheets (neutral colors, new only)
  • Diapers (sizes 4,5)
  • Pull-Ups (all sizes)

Giftcards:

  • Schnuck’s
  • Aldi
  • Target or Walmart
  • Home Depot or Lowe’s

In October we will be collecting items for
Why Diapers and Period Products?

Need
1 in 3 families experience diaper need and 1 in 4 women struggled to purchase period products

Costs
It costs about $1000 each year to diaper a child and $478 each year to purchase period supplies for one woman or girl.

No Benefits
No public benefit programs allow for the purchase of diapers or period supplies

Health
Keeping infants and toddlers clean, dry and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for all children. Inadequate menstrual hygiene has been associated with infection and poor health-related quality-of-life.

Less Stress
Moms who don’t have enough diapers are 3 times more likely than their peers to suffer from depression and anxiety. Every tampon = 4 hours of a more focused, present, and confident person.

Abuse Risks
Children left in soiled diapers are uncomfortable and irritable. Fussy babies are at an increased risk of child abuse.

They will take ANY size, ANY brand diapers and period supplies in unopened and opened packages as well. The best way to help is by donating dollars as we can purchase diapers and period supplies at high volume and low cost.