I pray that you’re all doing well this week as we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here is a link to a midweek message (at some point I should probably give it a name – suggestions are welcome). I hope you find some encouragement in it.
In the message I talk about a couple more things that we can do to help some our neighbours who are having particular difficulty through this current crisis. Both are as simple as buying a few more items the next time you go do your weekly grocery shopping. As always this applies to those of us who are able to do so.
The food bank at Ancaster Community Services (ACS) is running low on a number of items. Here is what they need:
One other group in our city that is in tremendous need are those who are homeless and street affected. Our friend Roger Boyd who runs Men’s Street Ministry sent out an emergency video message yesterday on his Facebook page that you can find here when you scroll down: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012176952905 or you can find a link to it on the St. Andrew’s Facebook page:
The short version is that many of the food programs that homeless people rely on have had to scale down or close because of the COVID-19 measures. Roger says, “I used to say that in Hamilton you might freeze to death, but you’ll never starve. But that’s no longer the case.” You can find Roger’s contact information at www.menstreetministry.ca/ to find out what he needs and arrange to drop off food (though canned tuna and other items for sandwiches are always welcome). In his message Roger informs us that his team are taking appropriate precautions when handing out food right now, by staying in their trailer and passing out meals in bags.