Hey folks! We’ve been working hard to compile a list of ways that we can be of help to each other and our community. It has been such a blessing to see some of the ways you all are encouraging each other and sharing helpful resources on social media. We can’t keep up with them all, but if you will give us a heads-up, we’ll be happy to share some of them via Glenwood channels.
Helping Those In Need
As you try to discern how best to use the stimulus funds you received, remember that members of our church and our community have had their income greatly diminished or eliminated. If you would like to help, give now to Glenwood’s benevolence fund at GlenwoodChurch.com/Give (select Benevolence as the Gift Designation) or make a donation to the PATH Emergency Relief Fund at pathhelps.org. If you are in need of assistance in any way, please let us know.
Practice Social Distancing
Follow CDC guidelines and take precautions around high-risk individuals.
Give blood today! Hospitals and blood centers are facing an imminent blood shortage. Supply has been depleted because people are afraid to donate and organizations scheduled to host blood drives have cancelled. An important note: Coronavirus has not been shown to be transmitted through blood transfusion. Contact Carter BloodCare in Tyler at (903) 363-0400 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
Donate Food or Money / Volunteer to Help
Join a collaborative initiative with Smith County, the City of Tyler, Tyler ISD, and The Mentoring Alliance to provide volunteers in serving at the East Texas Food Bank to assemble and deliver disaster relief non-perishable food boxes and/or sending letters of encouragement to our elderly population or others. For details, visit LoveYourNeighborETX.com.
PATH need of emergency funds to cover $10 gift cards that can be distributed to those in need of gasoline or other necessities not covered by the pantry. Text PATHHELPS to 44321. They also need peanut butter, canned protein, individual hand sanitizer, personal toiletry items, bread, eggs, face masks, dairy and produce. Items can be dropped off at PATH, 402 West Front, or at the Grubbs’ house, 2723 South Chilton. For details about donating or volunteering, contact PATH at (903) 597-7284 or visit pathhelps.org.
East Texas Food Bank needs monetary donations and personal hygiene items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.), socks (men’s, women’s and children’s), and canned meats and juices. Items can be dropped off at 3201 Robertson Road. For details, contact East Texas Food Bank at (800) 815-3663 or visit easttexasfoodbank.org.
Heritage Hospice in Tyler needs monetary donations, household supplies and nonperishable food for the homebound. For details, contact Sean Seelbach at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tre Cheney at email@example.com, or visit heritagehhh.com.
Hiway 80 Rescue Mission needs monetary donations, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes, toothpaste, men and women’s underwear (new only and all sizes), and snacks. For details, contact Hiway 80 Rescue Mission at (903) 759-8101 or visit hiway80rm.org.
Brookshire’s is offering a temporary five percent daily discount for guests age 60 or older with valid ID through May 5, including Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH. BGC is also strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations be reserved as a dedicated time for senior citizens. The company is asking for the community’s help in honoring this practice and in moving any senior guests to the front of the check-out line throughout the day.
Offer Assistance to At-Risk Neighbors
This includes neighbors, relatives and friends who are older than 60, or have a compromised immune system, a chronic condition or a disability. Offer to go grocery shopping or to the pharmacy for them. Spend some time with them, as long as you’re feeling well and avoid contact.
Stay in Touch
Make a plan to reach to loved ones, friends, classmates, co-workers, small group members, etc. Be especially mindful of those who may be lonely or isolated. Give them a call, send them a text, or challenge them to an online game.
Remember to be in prayer for each other, our church, our leaders, and our world.
We want to help
If you are in need of assistance in any way, please let us know.