Odds and Ends

There is no lack of variety among all the activities taking place around Patchwork.

A couple weekends ago, a group of sorority sisters from the University of Evansville who were participating in Make a Difference Day spent their Saturday morning working with Bill, Jill, Pat, and Phyllis to clean up the garden, rake leaves, and deep clean the kitchen. Many thanks to everyone for their help!

Last weekend, Bill and John S. represented Patchwork at the annual CROP Walk, which raised money for the Emergency Food Pantry Consortium and the Tri-State Food Bank.

A couple weeks ago, we got an unusual donation to distribute: several boxes of sample shoes from Shoe Carnival. All of them were stylish and new. It was so much fun to find the perfect person for each pair (both in fit and in personality). We gave many out to our morning regulars. On the first morning, one of the men who often showers at Patchwork walked by me and if I hadn’t known better I would have thought he was just back from shoe shopping a the mall–his shoes matched his outfit so well. We also gave away multiple pairs as door prizes in the children’s program.

On Halloween, a group of Arts & Smarts children made the nearby Brentwood Nursing Home their Walk n’ Talk destination. They’d been invited to go door to door, Trick or Treating from the residents. On their way back to Patchwork, Cookie led the group in a reflection about the experience and what the Brentwood residents received from the visiting children.

Right now, the kiln is glowing orange, firing the children’s glazed nativity sets and Christmas ornaments in preparation for our big Holiday Art Sale this Saturday, November 10. You’ll be able to buy their work as well as art by other local artists from 9 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, we’re coordinating a Christmas gift program with Aldersgate. Families with children attending our programming could sign up to receive gifts for their children from church members. Parents have been very grateful for the help.

This morning I talked to a grandmother who was helping her daughter get her grandchildren signed up for Christmas assistance. I told her that she could stop by to fill out the paperwork.

“I’ll bring my daughter and the twins along with me to show them the building,” she said. “It’s kinda neat. It’s not like anywhere else you go like the government or the township trustee.”

As another mother sat down to fill out a wish list for her children, she told Shawn and I, “I used to come here when I was little.”

“Yeah, everybody did,” her mother responded.

That’s the kind of place I’m glad to be part of.

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