Church helping folks stay warm

Published 9:12 am Thursday, December 22, 2022

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By Carole Demmy

Holy Cross Lutheran

Holy Cross Lutheran Church has been busy this fall with gathering items and making blankets.

Over the last few months, members of the congregation have put together 20 purses including personal care items for Our Daily Bread food pantry at Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church on Fork-Bixby Road.

For “Socktober”, 227 pair of new socks were given to the clients at the City with Dwellings in Winston-Salem, a resource for folks struggling with homelessness.

To benefit Ukraine refugees, 20 personal care packages were taken to Augsburg Lutheran Church, a gathering site for such items in Winston. From there the many boxes will be sent to help those in need.

For Christmas, Holy Cross members put together 50 gift bags containing a blanket, a pair of non-skid socks, and lotion. These were taken to the Mocksville Senior Living Center for presentation to the residents there.

The Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization also benefited by receiving 18 blankets for their young people.

Much of the cost for the projects were covered by Thrivent Action Cards.

The congregation is planning to do projects all year long, rather than only at Christmas, since the needs are great throughout the year.