Local Food Pantry: At any time (but particularly the first Sunday of the month) we encourage everyone to bring non-perishable food donations, which are then given to the Zionsville Area Food Pantry at Zion's Lutheran in Old Zionsville. A list of most-needed items includes: canned meat or fish (chicken, tuna, ham, or Spam), canned soup or stew, canned broth or gravy, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, meal helpers, rice, dried pasta, boxed macaroni and cheese, juice, canned fruits, pancake mix, syrup, cereal, powdered milk (individual boxes or pouches). New as of June 2020, we also support a monthly Food Pantry Annex.
Daybreak Drop-in Center: On the third Thursday of each month, volunteers from Grace travel to downtown Allentown where they prepare and serve a meal for clients of the Daybreak program. Link: https://lehighchurches.org/what-we-do/daybreak/
Annual or Quarterly Support
Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley: Family Promise LV is an affiliate of the national Family Promise Organization, a non-profit which assists homeless children and their families. Their mission is carried out by a network of congregations and other community resources working together to meet immediate needs, and to assist in building patterns to that will bring long-term stability. Grace partners with Macungie Christian Community in serving as a local host site by volunteering with meal prep, helping children with homework and games, and staying as overnight chaperones. To volunteer or for more information, text or call Diane Drabinsky, 610-390-9896.
Lehigh Mission District Ingathering: Through the Lehigh Mission District of ELCA Lutheran churches, the annual Ingathering provides needed personal items and Christmas gifts to institutions in the Lehigh Valley. Ingathering benefits the Allentown Rescue Mission, CareNet Pregnancy Center of the Lehigh Valley, Daybreak (Lehigh County Council of Churches), Bethany Christian Services, the Sixth Street Shelter, Turning Point, and others. Grace collects the requested items during October and November. The items are then packed up and sent to St. John's Lutheran in Emmaus for shipping the first week of December.
St. Luke's Winter Clothing Drive: During the colder months, we collect gently-used winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and sweat suits. These are given to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown, where they are distributed to people in need. Men’s, women’s, and children’s coats of all sizes are needed. From November through February, please leave your donations in the large blue bin in the chapel.
CROP Walk: This yearly walk held each October raises funds and awareness of hunger in our region and around the world. Monies raised in the Allentown Crop walk are given to Lehigh Valley area food banks. The 2019 CROP Walk was Sunday October 13 - thank you to all the walkers and donors who helped raise $877 from this congregation and $27,811 in total. Hopefully, see you in 2020!
ELCA World Hunger Appeal: We give to help eradicate world hunger through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Learn more about the ELCA's efforts at this link: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/ELCA-World-Hunger