Each year Prince of Peace picks several charities to sponsor with donations of products for each. Grocery bags are given out with a list of items to be purchased and brought back to the church for collection and distribution. Please return your Sharing Bag by Sunday, March 24th.
Interfaith Clothing Center, in Rockville, MD, provides new and gently used clothing and household items to qualified low-income families living in Montgomery County. Last yeasr, over 13,000 residents benefited from the Center. PoP is collecting new socks and underwear for men, women and children, as well as new infant clothing.
The Gaithersburg Community Clinic runs the Women, Infant, Children program to offer formula, milk and basic food items, breastfeeding and nutrition resources, health care and other support to teen moms. Teen moms and their children are in a particularly vulnerable position. Community support can make a lifelong difference in helping them avoid the cycle of poverty. However, there are other needs that they don’t provide. To help teen moms and their children we are collecting diapers, wipes, infant blankets, bibs and infant toys.
La Sagrada Familia, the Latino Ministry in Langley Park, MD, is a mission congregation of the ELCA, to accompany the Latino community in helping with housing, improving educational opportunities for children, creating jobs and providing legal counsel on immigration issues. Students from Lutheran Campus Ministries at the University of Maryland, College Park, provide after-school tutoring and activities for the children. POP is gathering snacks, such as granola bars and fruit juice boxes, and gift cards for Giant (for fresh fruit snacks) so that children have healthy snacks to energize them for the tutoring program.