Thank You for your support and volunteering at the Blessing Closet, Mobile Food Pantry, Community Breakfast, and Bike Giveaway by setting up, sorting, and distributing. We had a very effective and gratifying distribution totaling $15,275 of product value given away as just a portion of SERVE Weekend. Blessing Closet 133 Families served (274 kids) 8,920 Items distributed 38 Cities represented $6,000 Product Value distributed Bikes & Helmets for Kids 105 Bikes distributed $2,625 Product Value distributed Food Pantry 136 Families
The Serve Planning Team and The Social Ministry Team are so thankful for the generous donation of diapers that took place in September to highlight the ELCA’s annual “God’s Work. Our Hands” service project. The Diaper Program was implemented in 2021 in conjunction with the Blessing Closet and serves fifteen families each month with a large box of diapers (125-160 count) in our community. This year Zion will distribute diapers to about 180 families at the value of $4,500. None
The first quarterly distribution of Zion’s Blessing Closet was in August of 2015. To date, we have served 1,700 families with 4,000 kids that received 57,000 items of clothing. During these distributions, we were able to partner with other non-profits by giving away bikes, books, school supplies, coats, and holiday baskets. We have experienced tremendous support from Zion’s staff and congregation members with clothing donations, financial support to build a Blessing Closet storage facility, and many volunteer hours from over
I was raised Presbyterian, then married a Baptist. I have had faith since I was a very young girl. Cleo was born and raised in Howard Lake, along with her five brothers and sisters. She met her husband, Bob, while attending Bethel College and they married in 1959. They have 3 children: Mark, Stephen (& Lisa), and Karen (& Sam Mammano). Cleo worked as a receptionist at two different veterinary clinics, for 12 years at Buffalo Dental Group, and then
The Blessing Closet ministry, which began at Zion in 2015, collects, sorts, and distributes new and slightly used children’s (infant to high school age) clothing free to kids in our community and surrounding areas. It has been a huge success, and Zion has distributed over 10,000 items of clothing, shoes, and coats to approximately 1,000 local children in need of assistance during the first two quarterly distribution events.