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September 3, 2013 > Social ministry outreach provides school supplies

Social ministry outreach provides school supplies

Submitted By Bob Lawrence

The Social Ministry outreach program at Christ the King Lutheran Church donated 68 backpacks to local students in need through Fremont's Tri-City Volunteers on August 12. This ongoing project began in 2009 and has continued each year through 2013. Funds came from cash donations of $1,318 from members of the congregation coupled with $1,600 from the South Alameda County Chapter of Thrivent Financial, totaling $2,918. Several volunteers shopped for the backpacks and school supplies and many other members filled each backpack with all the necessary items pertinent to each school level.

Christ the King Lutheran Church has a long history of service to the community including providing food and other items to Tri-City Volunteers for the needy, and cooking and serving a monthly dinner meal at Sunrise Village Homeless Shelter on Brown Road in Fremont. The church participates with Abode Services through their Home Warming program to help homeless families relocate into their own affordable permanent housing.

The Social Ministry team has also donated new pillows and pillowcases, custom made by volunteers, to SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) every year since 2011. So far this year, 103 pillows and pillowcases have been donated. This provides each resident - adult and children - with their own personal pillow to keep as their own when they leave the shelter.

Christ the King Lutheran Church is located at 1301 Mowry Avenue in Fremont and invites everyone to come for worship on Sundays at 8 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. with Sunday School for children and an education hour for adults at 9 a.m.

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