January was Socks/Gloves/Hats collection month for the Missions Team, with these items going to those served by Beans Cafe. This month a pickup truck was loaded and headed to Beans Cafe with clothing, coffee, and canned food, all weighing 114 pounds on the Beans Cafe scales. Two boxes of shoes were also donated to the Anchorage jail for those who are being released. This cornucopia of giving begins with R4R (Recycle for a Reason) and the generous donations of many in our community. Items are placed in collection boxes located by the coat rack on the ground floor of the UMCC church. Actually these wearable items are collected and distributed year-round, going directly to men, women, and children in need.
Others in need are helped through 87 charitable organizations that depend on R4R collections. Wow!
Money donated from R4R funded more than $12,000 in grants awarded by the Missions Team in 2014.