As you know, there are many people around us who continue to experience hardship, primarily as a result of COVID19. The church has received numerous phone calls from its Wethersfield= neighbors, and I would like to share some of them with you.
- One neighbor phoned the church because her neighbor saw WEFC’s phone number on a sign on the front lawn of the church. This woman is unable to go to the grocery store in-person because her husband, is medically compromised; and she is unable to order food on-line because her computer does not work. A few WEFC volunteers came forward to do the grocery shopping for this couple on a rotating basis, but then one of these volunteers made a long-term commitment to grocery shop for them every other week! He even visits them when it snows to make sure the driveway and walkways are cleared of snow/ice and safe for walking & travel in the event of an emergency – praise God for his blessings!
- Another lady called WEFC to say that because of the pandemic, she lost her long-time job and that she wasn’t receiving unemployment checks due to the current backlog. She just needed a little help. HOW was able to provide groceries and a gift card to her and her 15-year-old son. She called us her “angels”.
- A gentleman phoned the church to say that he was homeless and sleeping in his car. HOW was able to provide paper goods, a blanket, food, gift cards, and prayer when the HOW volunteers met with him in the church parking lot. He was so grateful.
- A couple were referred to HOW by a WEFC church member - they were getting by on a limited income and needed help with food. The husband had a stroke last month at the age of 59. Our care team was able to provide his wife with rides to and from Hartford Hospital so that she could visit her husband, and HOW continues to provide food assistance one year later.
- A woman and her husband from India phoned the church just this past week, and the message was simply “we need some food”. They were welcomed at yesterday’s distribution by the HOW team.
- A young mother who regularly receives food from HOW, phoned the church to ask if she could submit HOW as a beneficiary of her employer’s monthly food donation program – she works for Stop & Shop, stating that she wanted to do this for HOW because she is grateful for this ministry and the kindness of its volunteers.
- The Town of Wethersfield reached out to WEFC and HOW to assist an elderly gentleman who recently lost most of his possessions to a house fire. Praise God that his basic needs were met and that he did not require assistance from HOW at this time.
Oh, and there’s more!
- HOW has received many calls from folks within the Wethersfield community who have asked to volunteer with HOW – and they have!
- HOW volunteers make regular monthly deliveries to those who are unable to come to the food distribution in person.
- WEFC volunteers have regularly done the grocery shopping for 2 members of our church family since the onset of the pandemic.
As most of you are aware, beginning this past Spring, there were 35 WEFC volunteers who were ready, willing and able to serve those who needed help during the pandemic, both within the church body and within the community.
All the needs were met, whether it was a ride to a medical appointment, picking up medication or grocery shopping. Some of these acts of kindness have developed into long-term relationships and friendships.
This is such a beautiful thing!! Love and care, compassion and kindness…poured out and into our fellow man!! Amid hardship, there is indeed joy.