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Canadian Lutheran World Relief Ukraine Crisis Fund

CLWR is providing support in Ukraine through our partners. Select members of ACT Alliance are coordinating with the Ukrainian government regarding the movement of staff and emergency aid, and other members are already receiving refugees in neighbouring countries. We're so grateful that you have been part of this response. The UN has reported that more than 660,000 civilians have already fled the country, and donations that we’ve received so far have helped families like Vitalij’s.

 

Vitalij brought his wife and son from Hmelnickij to Berehovo, near the border with Hungary. Ukrainian refugees at the Hungary-Ukraine border (Photo: Hungarian Interchurch Aid)

“We managed to arrive here relatively fast because on our way we didn’t take any main routes. The bigger

cities are completely inaccessible and the queues can be longer than 10 kilometres,” he says.

 

Vitalij must remain in Ukraine, but his wife and son have made contact with friends in Budapest and will find

refuge there. “Leaving my family right now is the most difficult choice I ever had to take. I can’t leave the

country, but they can, and I must give them the opportunity to live a safer life. At this point I can only hope

that our family will be reunited, but we are facing difficult days ahead.”

Go to: https://www.clwr.org/product/E-104/ukraine-crisis to be the hands

of help in desperate times.

CLWR costs are impressively low, at only three per cent. Eighty-eight cents of every dollar you donate is used towards global support. They spend much less on advertising and campaigning than other agencies. Education and public engagement costs are nine per cent. (Numbers are from the 2016-17 fiscal year).

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Island Crisis Care Society Housing Project - Looking for Directors

Visit: https://www.islandcrisiscaresociety.ca/

Directors of ICCS are leaders in compassion and wisdom, guiding our organization through prayerful governance, and support of our Executive Director. We invite you to join us as we carry forward the work that was begun over 30 years ago to make God’s love known to wounded and hurting neighbours in our community. Please e-mail Richard to receive an application to join the Board of Directors. rpowell@iccare.ca or call 778.441.4227.  Richard Powell, Director of Administration  www.islandcrisiscaresociety.ca 

BLANKETS FOR WARMTH

Check your closets and wardrobes for blankets large or small, new or used.  Hope’s Witness and Mission Committee is collecting them for the Salvation Army’s New Hope Centre.  Containers labelled BLANKETS are located inside the church front entry.   Use your church key or call Joan Nolting 250 729-3677 or Gerry Jacob 250 327-8198 for access to the church or to arrange a pick up.

MEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE

Drop off used men’s winter clothing in the narthex or call for a pick up: 250-753-9483 These clothes will be given to the Nanaimo Correctional Centre for those being released from incarceration.

WARM CLOTHING/BEDDING DRIVE

 Nanaimo Street Initiatives is starting up with its second annual warm clothing/bedding drive for the homeless in Nanaimo.  Last year was highly successful due to the wonderful generosity of many contributors.  There was much gratitude expressed by the homeless throughout the winter.  
Brechin UC through its Mission & Outreach Team supports this drive again this year and encourages your on-going support as well.  This year, 2021-2022, is expected to be an even heavier winter than 2021 due to La Niña so hopefully, people will continue to donate items such as parkas, hoodies, tents, raingear, sleeping bags, blankets, tuques, gloves, warm socks, boots, etc. 
If you have items to donate, we can arrange to have them picked up or you can drop them off again at the same place as last year (with Lynn Burrows).  Either way, you can phone Lynn (landline: 250 753-3942) to arrange for drop off or pick up.   
Thank you very much for your kind consideration. 
(Nanaimo Street Initiatives:  Dennis Lakusta & Lynn Burrows/Chair, Brechin UC Mission & Outreach Team)

ELCIC SCHOLARSHIP APPEAL

Supporting students at schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
As schools around the world are now into the second half of the 2020-21 academic year in very challenging circumstances, so too are the students at schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).
Earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, the schools dealt with closures and lock down periods by embracing digital technology and distance learning. Sadly, the continued lock downs have impacted families served by the schools in many different ways. COVID-19 restrictions have meant further barricade closures and a significant loss of tourism for the region resulting in job loss and substantial reduction in income to household.
Many families are now facing significant difficulties with paying tuition for the 2020-21 school year, which is on average $1,600/year per student. 
Donate: https://secure.elcic.ca/

A MESSAGE FROM LOAVES AND FISHES

Thank you so much for continuing to support us through these uncertain times. 2021 has been quite a challenging year for many and Loaves & Fishes is no exception.

 

In the beginning of the Covid 19 crisis we saw a marked drop in food available. However, never ones to shrink from a challenge, we drastically increased our efforts to source food and support wherever we could find it.
Our journey began with tapping into food that was originally destined for restaurants that had closed. A couple of examples include a supply of 9,000 dozen eggs per week through Food Banks BC and BC Egg Farmers. We also tapped into the local fish farmers supply as they had thousands of farmed fish needing to be processed without enough buyers.

 

These innovative partnerships enabled us to continue our commitment for our Food 4 All program in providing an abundance of free food throughout Vancouver Island. Not only are we serving other food banks from Victoria through the North Island, we’re bringing 5,000- 7,000 pounds of food, alternating every Wednesday, for our Port Hardy Depot and then to Port McNeil, supplying free food to other non-profits and indigenous communities in the area. On our way, we drop food in Campbell River with Saint Vincent de Paul, enabling them to spread the food even further to Tahsis and Gold River.

 

We expanded our Empties 4 Food program to raise extra funds and provide a convenient, safe recycling disposal option. Additionally, we extended our annual Food 4 Summer Food Drive sponsored by Thrifty Foods and Island Savings through all of June and added a “virtual food drive” element to offset our increased costs.
For infection control reasons we made drastic changes to our daily operations and dropped the number of regular volunteers significantly in favour of paid workers who could take longer shifts.

 

We are providing an average of 138,343 pounds of food per month to households and 21,581 pounds per 8 month to other non-profits across the island. As always, the food that is unfit for humans is being given to farmers. Ultimately, throughout the pandemic, our overall goal remains the same. There should be an abundance of food available to all and no unnecessary food waste.
It is because of the help we receive from our community and caring people such as you all at Hope Lutheran Church that Loaves & Fishes Food Bank is not only still here, but growing our food distribution with the intention that all of Vancouver Island has access to reliable healthy food moving forward.


To donate through your offering, please mark Loaves and Fishes on the envelope.

 

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