As you start your summer vegetable gardens, consider planting an extra row or extra plants to donate to local food pantries.
Fruits and vegetables that will keep well: beets, broccoli, peas, cabbage, peppers, cantaloupe, lima beans, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, turnips, green beans, watermelon, onions and zucchini.
Food pantries accepting fresh garden produce donations:
Resurrection Overland Park Food Pantry (95th & Antioch)
Do you own a 3D Printer and access to PETG style filament? Help print face shields for local healthcare workers.
A face shield is a piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects the wearer from hazards such as potentially infectious materials (in medical and laboratory environments).
The demand for face shields is high, and those with the appropriate equipment can help meet it.
I want to help 3D print face shields
Now is a great time to check in on your neighbors, your small groups and other social connections. Send an encouraging message or call them and let them know you're thinking about them. Especially ask your elderly and at-risk connections if they need anything, and offer to assist them to your comfort level.
Social media can be a great tool for caring for our neighbors - you can set up or join a Facebook group for your neighborhood, or use an app like Nextdoor.
If you don't know your neighbors yet, consider using the Hello Neighbor! template to introduce yourself and offer help.
Silver Link Ministries serves those who are no longer able to attend church on their own by keeping them engaged in the life of Church of the Resurrection. Help them send encouraging messages to residents and to the staff caring for older adults.
Send Some Joy
Have everyone wash their hands thoroughly, then get creative and make some fun greeting cards! Wondering what to write? Personalize it- let them know a little about yourself and why you are writing. Encourage them- send phrases of kindness and support. Include Scripture and prayer- copy a short Scripture verse or a short prayer in your card. It will be a blessing!
Once complete, contact Claire Saunders Clough (email@example.com), Director of Silver Link Ministries, for further instructions.
Contact Silver Link
Johnson County Emergency Management has requested donations of cloth masks. They have requested additional PPE supplies from the state, however supply is short everywhere.
According to crisis strategy guidelines published by the CDC, when no facemasks are available, options include the use of homemade masks as a last resort.
Various patterns can be found online, or use the link below.
Deliver donations to:
Johnson County MED ACT Station (Warehouse)
205 E. Flaming Rd.
They’ll accept donations from 8-5 Monday through Friday.
Learn how to sew masks
The Don Bosco Senior Center helps seniors age 60 and over maintain independent living by providing meals, transportation, fellowship, and activities that promote health, education, and recreation.
Create Greeting Cards for Seniors
Bring a little joy to a senior's life with a greeting hand colored greeting cards from kids. Non-religious themes like “Happy Spring” and uplifting drawings are appropriate. The seniors appreciate if the child or parent writes the first name only & age of child, but this is not required.
Once your cards are finished, please email Anne Miller to coordinate delivery.
Each year, volunteers at Serve Saturday Leawood create sleeping mats for individuals in our community who are living on the street. The mats are created from up-cycled plastic bags, looped together to create plastic yarn called "plarn."
Gather up your clean plastic shopping bags (maybe ask your neighbors to contribute) and make plarn!
COVID-19 Note: In order to prevent the spread of disease, let your plastic bags sit for three days after you bring them home. Be sure to wash your hands before and after you cut plarn.
The video below will walk you through the steps of cutting the loops, knotting them together and even crocheting (if you're feeling particularly adventurous).
Plastic bags, cut loops, plarn or mats can be dropped off at Resurrection once we are open for donations again.
Our Resurrection Bookmobile distributed over 70,000 books last year, and every kid receiving a book got a bookmark. We need all the bookmarks we can get to make that happen again this year!
You can find coloring pages or other templates online, cut bookmarks out of card stock and decorate with stickers, or use the origami instructions below. Completed bookmarks can be dropped off at Resurrection Leawood once the building re-opens. Please put them (in a ziploc bag) in one of the bins marked "Partner Schools" at the donation drop-off spots in Building A or B.
Make Origami Bookmarks
Mission Adelante strives to make disciples by serving, sharing life, and sharing Jesus with people from all places. Immigrants from Latin America make up a significant part of the population in Wyandotte County. Mission Adelante offers English classes, citizenship classes and other community development projects throughout the year.
Food Baskets (great for small groups)
Occasionally families find themselves in tight financial situations. Your family or group can help by assembling basic baskets of staple food items to be distributed through our resource center. Then, bring them to Mission Adelante, and we'll distribute them through our resource center. It's a great, hands-on way to serve for all ages that meets real needs.
Assemble a Food Basket
The One Heart Project provides at-risk and incarcerated youth a second chance.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus, incarcerated youth are even more isolated than ever. Help ease the isolation by writing an old-fashioned penpal-style note to a young person who could use some encouragement.
IMPORTANT GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW:
-Make sure your letter is okay to be read by anyone.
-Please do not use any stationary that has personal information on it, and do not share your personal information (including last name) in your correspondence.
-Never send anything with your letter. No money, stamps, nothing.
Learn more about One Heart's note writing project
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