And the members of St. Francis by the Sea proved it once again! The Outreach Committee set up the “Giving Tree” right after Thanksgiving. The ornaments were colorful cards with only the age of a child and whether a boy or a girl’s gift was wished for. Anyone could pick any one or more of the cards. The Reverend Claudia Wyatt Smith invited Committee chair Sue Grindle so speak after the second week.
Sue Grindle and Nancy Doane took this beautiful bounty to Emmaus, as Sue said, “My large Taurus SUV was packed! I think we had 8 huge bags plus a bag just full of wrapping paper. Judy (Rountree) had taken over the (additional) shirts and socks earlier in the week. Here is the thank you note I received from Alice Grindle, Assistant Director of Emmaus:
I want to tell you again how much I truly appreciate your support not just during the holidays but all year round. It means a lot to me personally to know that I have people who are really there for me whenever I ask especially now that I’m working my way in this new position as Assistant Director.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and I look forward to working with you in the new year. Alice
Sue adds, “I replied that it is our privilege and mission to help the less fortunate members of our community. Because of all of you, I think we fulfilled that mission quite well in 2015.”
A more in-depth story about the good works of the Outreach committee will be coming soon