Monday, February 08, 2016

Snack Pack Ministry



Snack Pack Ministry
5-K Run - Note from our Pastor

Amazing Success – There is no question that our 1st Annual 5K Race to feed the children was an amazing success. There were a number of people involved in the planning and carrying out of this great event. There were also numbers of people involved in the race and involved in recruiting people to be involved in the race. I will not begin to say thanks to any person or group particularly, but I will say to all that God was glorified in your efforts. Nothing was done for vain glory; everything was done to bring Him glory and to provide support for our ongoing efforts to provide healthy snacks and weekend food for hungry children through our Snack Pack Ministry. Jesus said, “When you have done it for the least of these you have done it for Me,” and brothers and sisters we have done it unto them and Him through this event. What more could we ask than to minister to Him through them. Thanks again to the leadership and the army of volunteers that made the event possible, and gigantically successful.

July has been designated as "Christmas in July" for Spring Creek children. We hope to provide for 125 children this year. Listed below are items we need for Christmas Bags: Cash donations; Boys: 6 inch action figures, Nerf balls, matchbox cars, toy men, yo-yos; girls: 12 inch baby dolls, Barbie dolls & clothes (need ethnic dolls), hair accessories, nail polish, lip gloss,jump ropes; Generic: Cravola crayons (24 box only), coloring books, small stuffed animals, gloves, hats, pencils, erasers, journals, card games, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion. See Sheri Mitchell for more information


Snack Pack Project – Feeding the Children of Spring Creek Elementary during the Weekend

Snack Pack is a community project coordinated and directed by volunteers of Crosspath of East Ridge.  Since Fall, 2012 we have prepared and distributed weekend snack packs to eligible children as identified by school administrators.  Currently we deliver 250 packs each Friday morning of the school year. 

Volunteers are always welcome and there are various opportunities and times to get involved.  Contact project coordinator at 423-698-2421 to learn how you can be a part of this wonderful program.  Our belief is no child should be hungry in our land of plenty.  Jesus said we are to love and care for our children and we are striving to do that through this program.  With the help of all members at Crosspath, citizens of East Ridge and concerned individuals, businesses, civic groups and others we can not only sustain our program but grow to serve all eligible children at Spring Creek and East Ridge Elementary schools – approximately 1400 total!

Monetary Donations are tax deductible and can be made to Crosspath designated -Snack Pack.  Because we purchase as much as possible from the Chattanooga Food Bank and supplement by buying in quantity from food warehouses such as Sam’s Club and Costco we can make your dollar go further.

Ongoing Food Donations  - Individually packaged items only.

(NOTE:  Please pay close attention to expiration dates and always buy items that will not expire before the end of the current school term….ex.  items bought in May exp.  Dates as late as Nov/Dec  2014. Also, when presented a choice buy low-sugar and with no high-fructose corn syrup items but without artificial sweeteners).

Vienna  Sausage, Mac ‘n Cheese, Individual Main Dish Soups and Pastas (Spaghetti-os, Chili, etc)

Puddings – Chocolate and Vanilla, Chocolate Milk (non-refrigerated),
Applesauce or Fruit Cups, Individual Peanut Butter Cups,
(At Christmas  Break  -  Family Size jars of Peanut Butter)

Microwave Popcorn, Cookies (individually packaged),  Pop Tarts, Raisins

Christmas  - we prepare gift bags  with the following items+ for 100-300 children depending on what we have collected.  In addition, we accept money (mark – Children’s Christmas,  to purchase age-appropriate toys for the bags for the girls and boys.

Toothbrushes, Shampoo/Conditioner, Bath Wash, Markers, Toothpaste, Lotions, Wipes, Crayola  Crayons, Soap,  Socks (girls and boys) Gloves, McDonalds, other FREE coupons