Siena/Francis House is both the Mission & Hunger partner for the month of Jan. It is the largest provider of services to the homeless in the region. One of those services is feeding the hungry. Each year, Siena/Francis House serves over 400,000 meals to men, women and children. Those meals include breakfast, mid-day lunch and sack lunches, dinner and brunch on Sundays and major
holidays. Costs are kept as low as possible by partnering with 450 local grocery stores, food production companies, schools, business, churches and households to provide, prepare, and serve the meals. PCM is one of those churches. If you can donate 2-3 hours a month, we would love to have you join PCM volunteers to help serve the evening meal on the second Monday each month. Sign up is available in the Communications Center. You need to be available by 4:30 – 5:00 PM and be finished before 7:30PM.
Siena/Francis distributes about 20 tons of clothing each year to homeless individuals. If the winter is especially harsh, that number will rise. Critical clothing needs include men’s socks, underwear for men and teens in sizes 28, 30 and 3s, underwear for women & teens in sizes 5 & 6, and thermal underwear bottoms in sizes small, medium, large and extra large. You can deliver these items to the shelter, or place them in the bin under the Giving Tree and label them for Siena/Francis House. We’ll see that they are delivered. We’ll be accepting monetary donations through the month of January for the Siena/Francis House. Simply mark the memo line of your check for hunger. Thank you for whatever help you can provide.
The Garden Mart produced $2,433.92 this year. Gardeners sent the majority of those dollars to the Food Bank of the Heartland. Small donations were sent to Siena/Francis House, Stephen Center and Heartland Hope
Mission. A few grocery gift cards were purchased for
discretionary use by the pastors. If you were a gardener who shared your bounty, thank you from one of the consumers. If you were a consumer, thank you for supporting this ministry that enables us to donate
additional dollars to feed Omaha’s hungry.
Did you enjoy the PCM Christmas Card this year? The design was a Ron Meyer original (Hallmark has nothing that Ron doesn’t have!). The Mission Committee sends out our thanks to Ron for his design and to each of you who donated. Due to your efforts, we were able to send $2,960.00 to Heifer International! Kudos, PCM…the following names whose donations to the PCM Card were not received in time to be put on the card in the December VOICE were: Norma McGinnis and the Wiehe Family. Thank you.
Once again it's time for the semi-annual PCM Blood Drive in Fellowship Hall. It will be held on Jan. 11, 2015, from 10:30AM until 3:30PM. Both donors & volunteers are needed to make the drive successful. Donors can sign up on the Red Cross Website http://www.redcrossblood.org or if you can't make the site work for you (this happens to a lot of people), call Mike Osborn (402 630-1955) or Guy Shelton (402 669-1950) to make an appointment. We recommend that you NOT call Red Cross at 1-800-GIVELIFE, because they tend to pick the first drive available rather than a specific drive. Equipment (apheresis machines) to donate double red cells will again be avail-able.
Even if you can’t donate blood, you can still help. We need cookies, we need laborers to check donors in and make sure the donors have cookies, snacks and drinks available. Worker bees are also needed to help carry in the furniture and equipment necessary to set up the drive and move tables and chairs, and then again to reverse that process when the drive has ended. Contact
either Mike or Guy to volunteer or leave your name in the Church Office. We can use all the help we can get!