During Lent, one of the things we “give up” is canned food. We encourage you to give up one canned food item for each day in Lent. The food drive will end on March 31. This year we are having a friendly competition to see if the contemporary or traditional worshippers can give up the most food. Of course, the real winners are the children of End 68 Hours of Hunger who will benefit from the donations. The list of items needed is below.
Teaming with the various mission efforts available through HPPC is one of the best ways to make friends while serving Christ and helping others. Anyone, not just members, is invited to join a service team. Our mission statement calls us to reflect Christ’s love and character through service. Members collect school supplies for migrant families, food for End 68 Hours of Hunger, and gifts for needy children during Advent. Teams assist First Presbyterian Church by serving breakfast to the homeless on the first Saturday of each month. If you wish to help at either First Presbyterian or other service projects, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office.
A partnership with Thornwell’s Building Families program helps us serve the community in new ways. Hyde Park Presbyterian serves as “home base” for a specially trained social worker who provides services to families who are struggling; folks like grandparents as parents, children in families involved in divorce, or children in a newly blended family are some examples.
We host the pantry and packing facility for End 68 Hours of Hunger, Tampa. Each weekend over 170 Tampa families receive food to help them bridge the gap for the approximately 68 Hours between free meals at school. The End 68 program has no paid employees. It is supported by volunteers who purchase food, pack bags and deliver them to participating schools. A school employee delivers the food to the individual students in need. We can always use volunteers to donate food or to help in the packing and distribution of the food. Click here for more information about this.
Members also support, with their offerings, charities that focus on providing basic needs to people who need a hand up. These include Faith Cafe, Metropolitan Ministries, BethEl Mission, Meals on Wheels, Feeding America Tampa Bay and Judeo Christian Health Clinic. For the past five years, we have supported a nursing student in Haiti through Haiti Nursing Foundation.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about any of the mission opportunities, or to be added to an email list that will update you with service and missions events, please send an email to:
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