Over 500 Afghan evacuees, our allies who worked alongside us during the decades-long conflict in their country, are resettling in Western New York. We partnered with St. Paul's Cathedral and St. Martin's-in-the-Field on Grand Island to furnish an entire apartment for one of the families. The people of St. John's donated over 100 items for a child's bedroom and for the bathroom.
When the pandemic hit in March, St. John's made the hard decision to cancel their annual June Strawberry Fest. Not wanting to cancel the order that had already been placed with a local farmer, the vestry voted to keep the order for Coulter's Farm, and distribute the berries through the Care-N-Share food pantry instead. Dave Coulter delivered the berries to the food pantry, parishioners helped
St. John's collected 830 bags of groceries and other necessary supplies for the CARE-and-SHARE Food Pantry in 2021. In spite of the pandemic and the suspension of in-person worship for part of the year, members of the congregation continued with regular donations to the food pantry, thanks to encouragement leadership from parishioner Shirley Oldfield. New this year is a a 40/40 challenge to
St. John's has a close relationship with our local school district, Lewiston-Porter. We collect school supplies over the summer for delivery in September and we give them hundreds of dollars in merchant gift cards for emergency needs that always arise at the beginning of the school year. We also donated $1000 in Tops gift cards this past Christmas to help families who are experiencing
Throughout Advent, parishioners brought in mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and other items for our Mitten Tree. These items were given to the Care-N-Share Food Pantry in Ransomville and to the Town of Porter Christmas Basket Program. Donations of cash and gift cards were also given to both outreach ministries.