Hope House Backpack Project

Every year Hope House coordinates a back to school campaign to provide students with backpacks and school supplies.

This year Hope House is expecting a bigger demand on their backpack program.  They already have as many applications as they had last year and there is still a month before the deadline closes.

Since I know that children’s education is important to us I thought that this would be a good opportunity for us to help students in Guelph get off to a good start in September.

We can offset the cost of this backpack program by providing some of the supplies that are needed.  So, how about pencils and pencil cases?  I am hoping that you will help me to collect at least 300 pencil cases and 600 pencils that we can donate to the backpack program.  I think we could probably do even better than that.

We need to let Hope House know mid July how many we have collected.

You can pop them into the mail slot at the church or you can contact Amy to arrange a drop off time.  (amy@fbcg.ca)

Rocks for the Garden

One of the many ways we hope to communicate our involvement and investment in fighting racism is by adding rocks to our garden. For more information, please contact Karina Leclair (karinaleclair7@gmail.com)

You can also leave rocks with an encouraging message on it and place it near the front doors of the church on the grass. This will be a way to spread love to whoever passes our church and a nice welcome back surprise for when we can all eventually come back to the church.  

The Wellness Box

Looking for a tangible way to make a difference in someone's day?  Take a look at the Wellness Boxes that are being distributed through Hope House. 

The Wellness Boxes are a gift, over and above the food supplies that are being given out by Hope House.  They are a way to let our neighbours know that they are special and not forgotten.  

You can sponsor some of these boxes through the Community Company.  You can also browse their website for other items by Guelph creators.

https://www.communitycompany.org/wellness

Three organizations that FBCG supports have identified ways in which they are looking for support during this time.  You can help them directly.  The links will take you to their websites that will provide more information on how to give.

Chalmers Food Bank has requested cash donations so they can buy what is needed.

Click here to be taken to the Chalmers Community Services Centre website.

Royal City Mission request donations towards buying food for their operations.

Click here to be taken to Royal City Mission's website.

Hope House has requested canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, dish soap, shampoo, tooth paste, female hygiene products especially pads since they have tampons.  Hope House is finding it harder to buy in bulk because the stores are guarding against people hoarding.  They are able to get their fresh produce through a wholesaler.

Click here to be taken to the Hope House website.

GOWN & FACE MASK PATTERNS

Dean Jamieson is organizing the collection of gowns and masks to be delivered to The Elliott.  

They are short on hospital gowns and masks.  The hand sewn items will be used for the screening, while disposable PPE is being saved for care only.  The gowns needs to be long sleeved and knee length with ties at the neck and waist.  (Using an old sheet is OK.)  Elastic is preferred for the masks, but fabric ties will work.

Please contact Dean at d3td3t@gmail.com to find out more about the delivery of the items. 

Please click here for a copy of a HOSPITAL GOWN PATTERN.  (Part of page 2 is cut off, but no information you need is missing).  

Here are some examples of the face masks:

https://youtu.be/xdVO9emZhyQ

https://freesewing.org/fu-facemask-freesewing.org.a4.pdf

https://freesewing.org/docs/patterns/fu/instructions/