HOW CAN I HELP?
As the hardship of COVID-19 and “stay at home” orders continue to negatively affect our neighbors, we are dedicated to making sure individuals have the food and resources they need to stay healthy and hopeful. Together, we can care for people in our communities and share the light we have as people that love God and each other.
Food and Diaper Drive
An overwhelming number of Americans have experienced the impact of recent unemployment and the strain it has placed on budgets. Additionally, children that are usually able to access free and reduced meals at school are now relying on their families to provide for them as they learn from home. These circumstances have the capacity to create a perfect storm of stress and anxiety for our friends and neighbors. It should wreck us to know that children are going to bed hungry and families are worried about how to provide for their loved ones. This is the ongoing impact of a global pandemic.
After reaching out to area food pantries, we have compiled a list of items that are in short supply. There is an increased need for items like soup, spaghetti sauce, boxed cereal, snacks, and peanut butter. A comprehensive guide, including the contact info for several area food pantries is available. As always, if you have a food pantry close to you, please consider donating directly to them. If you do not live near a food bank, donations can be dropped off at Metro Community Church for distribution.
Additionally, Bethalto, IL is home to “Parents Now,” an organization supplying diapers, wipes, baby food, and snacks to families in need. As parents struggle to put food on the table, diapers become a luxury item that many cannot afford. Would you consider adding a box of diapers, wipes, or a few jars of baby food to your regular shopping? Again, donations can be dropped off directly or through Metro Community Church.
As places like Italy and New York struggled to provide enough beds for COVID-19 positive patients needing critical care, Samaritan’s Purse arrived on the scene. This organization has become a household name for many through Operation Christmas Child, a campaign to get the good news of Jesus into the hearts of children in all corners of the world. Samaritan's Purse rushed personal protective equipment into the hands of medical personnel in the hardest hit areas of the United States. They also set up tents with extra beds in Central Park to take on the overflow from local hospitals in New York City.
In an effort to support the amazing work they continue to do in times of crisis, Metro Community Church is making a donation in honor of every first time guest that fills out a connection card. Simply by inviting someone to attend a service, and asking them to mark “New Here” on their card, you and your guests will be supporting the front lines of the fight against this virus.
If you have ever given financially to Metro, you know that you are part of supporting disaster relief, missions, and local organizations. We appreciate the way our Metro family shows up for others in times of need.
A Message for Compassion Sponsors
Hundreds of Compassion children are sponsored by Metro families each year. We know this has been a stressful time for all of our families, but we would love to encourage you to download the Compassion app and remember to write your sponsor child. Compassion children have also been deeply impacted by the pandemic and all of them live in extreme poverty. A letter from their sponsor would be a welcome reminder that they are not forgotten and that God loves them.
For all of the details on our “How Can I Help” Campaign, visit our dedicated website: togethermetro.com