More than 1120 people attended Glen Mar Church's fourth annual Day of Service held on January 15, 2018 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), in partnership with Ames Memorial United Methodist Church and St. John Baptist Church.
Together we packaged over 98,000 meals to be distributed to the hungry, made 42 blankets, wrote hundreds of letters and cards to service men and women, sewed 95 pillowcases for ill children, made over 200 jump ropes, 3200 spiritual bracelets, 290 fishing kits, 700 Tic-Tac-Toe kits, 500 bead kits, 110 teddy bear patterns, 260 hygiene kits, and 144 health kits. We also decorated 42 dozen cookies to give to inner city school teachers.
Off-site, we built a 100-foot ramp for a person recovering from injury, and sorted over 1000 donations at the Salvation Army. Volunteers generously donated 900 pounds of non-perishable food, 206 pairs of shoes, and 75 sets of coats, hats, and blankets to give to the needy in the Baltimore area. Over a thousand people’s lives were transformed by serving others, and all for the glory of God!
Information on Glen Mar's 2019 Day of Service will be posted here when it becomes available. If you have questions before then, contact the Day of Service team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's what some of the participants at this year's Day of Service had to say about their experience:
I just wanted to let you know my daughter received one of the pillow cases back in 2015, when she had open heart surgery and loves that case so much. It’s very special to her and she just remembers how she felt when she got it in the hospital. Thank you! Glad we came today to give back ourselves. -- A mother
I felt blessed to be able to serve others today by writing letters to people in need. I feel like my cards will brighten someone’s day and help them see the light during a difficult time. My service allows me to realize how blessed I am and how much I’ve grown in the past few years. As someone who has dealt with chronic illness and with poverty, I try to give back to those in the same situation because I was grateful for that when I was in troubled times. -- Lindsey
I came here today with my two youngest children. They wanted to stay home; however, once they got involved (writing cards, making jump ropes, bracelets, learning to knit), I had to practically drag them away. The fact that they made something with their hands to make someone else happy makes me happy. Winning souls for Christ one kind gesture and testimony at a time! -- Jimida