On Monday, restoration work started on the tower, which is pretty exciting. By then end of the work, the tower will have new windows, new roofing, repaired trim work, and will be set to stand as a neighborhood landmark for many more years. We’re grateful for the special contributions that have made the work possible.
Our food pantry has been very busy this week. All totaled, we served 66 individuals from 24 households. We’ve also provided 11 showers this week. Most of the people taking showers need towels and toiletries such as soap and shampoo, which we always have on hand. This week we used the last of a special donation of razors, mouthwash, and toothbrushes. The men who received these items were particularly grateful. Our guests have also been grateful to find some warm coats, scarves, and gloves in our informal “clothing bank”. There have also been numerous cups of coffee enjoyed while people waited for their food orders to be put together or spent other time in the building.
Meanwhile the children have been busy after school. One project this week was paper sculptures. The constructions were colorful, imaginative, and then…someone made one into a hat. Suddenly everyone was modeling super-cool paper sculpture hats! The kids are also preparing for a Japanese tea ceremony by making cups using textured slabs of clay.
Lots of excitement!