Reaching out a helping hand
Food banks and shelters everywhere have seen an unprecedented increase in demand – from both new and established client groups. Trinity’s Social Ministry committee is developing ways for the congregation as a whole to respond to this growing need. You can also help right now– on a scale that works for you. Here are two organizations that accept both financial and in-kind donations to combat hunger.
Gaithersburg HELP (https://www.gaithersburghelp.org/urgent-need-for-donations/) provides emergency support to area residents. Gaithersburg HELP has a particular need for breakfast cereal since it can no longer order household-sized boxes from its wholesale vendor. The organization’s website lists specific times and places for drop-off donations. Please ship anything ordered online to one of the four residential addresses provided. Note: the last of the four residential addresses is the home of Trinity members; they invite you to leave in-kind donations on their front porch. Gaithersburg HELP also accepts financial donations either by check or on line.
Stepping Stones shelter in Rockville (http://steppingstonesshelter.org/) provides emergency food and housing to homeless families referred by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. The shelter is happy to accept financial and in-kind donations both small and large: lunch supplies so that clients can prepare their own meals, cleaning supplies and other urgent needs included in the list on the Stepping Stones website. In-kind donations can be dropped off on the shelter porch during business hours; you are asked to call (301) 251-0567 to let them know in advance that you are coming. Individuals can also help by signing up to make and drop off dinner (see Stepping Stones website for details).