Check your campus Facebook page for specific needs in your area and opportunities to serve others.
ADOPT HOSPITALS AND FOOD PANTRIES
There are many needs in our communities right now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a church community, we want to serve our communities well, so we have decided to come around some of our local hospitals and food pantries.
We want to show our appreciation for our healthcare workers by making it easier for them to fuel themselves as they work long shifts. So, each week, we will continue to bring locally-prepared meals from our restaurants to our local hospitals.
Our local food pantries are serving exponentially more meals and food boxes right now. To help seven of our local food pantries, we are giving $10,000 to each of the pantries so that they can buy food from the North Texas Food Bank to serve their clients well. In addition, we want to encourage those who are able to collect food donations in their neighborhoods and take them to one of the food pantries listed below.
- Children’s Health Plano/Dallas
- Medical City McKinney
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
- Methodist Richardson Medical Center
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
- Peanut Butter
- Fruit Cups
- Canned Mixed Vegetables
- Canned Meat
- Canned Pastas
- Pork & Beans
- Progresso Soups
- Chunky Soups
- Mac n’ Cheese
- Pasta/Pasta Mixes (e.g., Hamburger Helper)
- Instant Potatoes
- Ramen Noodles
- Pancake Mix
- Condiments (e.g., Ketchup, Mustard, and Sauces)
- Spices (e.g., Garlic, Salt, and Pepper)
CREATIVE IDEAS ON HOW TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY
During this time of uncertainty, there are many ways to be a here for good neighbor in our community. Below are a few ideas. We will update this list as restrictions on groups change.
- Write encouraging words on cards and leave for neighbors, co-workers, or others in your community.
- Use sidewalk chalk to write notes and draw pictures on a neighbor’s driveway to thank them for being an awesome neighbor or to celebrate their birthday.
- Offer free babysitting to a couple in your neighborhood to give them time to work or have a break.
- Host a collection drive drop-off for the nearest local food pantry.
- Check in on any elderly in the neighborhood. Ring their doorbell and keep a safe distance.
- Go for a walk and clean up the trash in the neighborhood.
- Be present outdoors. You can practice your social distancing skills.
- Leave notes with neighbors letting them know you can help with shopping or dropping off food. Here’s a PDF you can download and print from home.
- Use this time to place a phone call, not a text, to someone and offer positive encouragement.
- Reach out with any kind of generosity offer. Use the Nextdoor app to see others’ needs in your neighborhood (e.g., drugstore and grocery trips, childcare, and food needs).
- Post positivity on social media. Now is your time to post encouragement and hope!
- Take a neighborhood walk and greet people while practicing social distancing (i.e., do not shake hands). They are more ready to talk right now.
- When someone shares anxiety, fear, or sickness, ask if you can pray for them. Be brief! Use common language.
- Drop off gift cards anonymously to someone needing encouragement. If they live further away, send eGift cards