Outreach Update

Outreach Report
The Outreach Team Advent Project will be to collect items from the wish list, and or donations for My Sisters' Place. Donate online at mysistersplacelondon.ca/donate or by cheque payable to My Sisters’ Place.
Wish List
Raw food ingredients
Paper Towels / Toilet Paper
Laundry Detergent (regular) / Fabric Softener (regular)
Used cell phones (in good working condition)
Used home phones (in good working condition)
$10 Grocery Gift card
Full size Body Wash/Lotion
Full size Shampoo/Conditioner
Wash Cloth/Bath towel
Slippers/Razors/Deodorant
Pads/Tampons/Depends/Poise
New Underwear/Socks/Bras
Bus tickets/$5 Tim Hortons cards
Coloring Books/Activity Books/Color Pencils/Crayons

From December 2013 update

Operation Walpole
Building on the success of our November hats and mittens collection for children of Walpole Island 2 years ago and the popularity of the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes last year, the Outreach Team decided to combine our focus and create a project that would provide gift items for children and adults on Walpole Island. Operation Walpole was created.
Many thanks to all of our parish community who contributed gift bags bursting with gift items for boys and girls and adults. There were so many boxes of gift bags and gift items that there wasn’t an inch of space left in Cecil and Leona’s van once everything was all loaded in. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by our neighbours on Walpole Island. Cecil was thrilled that so many homes will have something extra this Christmas.

Cecil and Leona were guest speakers during the 10:00 service on Nov. 17th. Dr. Colin Forbes, having worked closely with Cecil and Leona at the Medical Clinic on Walpole Island for several years, provided an introduction. They shared with us a presentation on Walpole Island and native ways and wisdom giving us a little insight into their culture and how all aspects of the spiritual world and natural world are meant to work in harmony with each other. Following the presentation, Cate O’Neill presented a cheque for $200 (plus $100 to cover travel costs) on behalf of the Outreach Team to both guests along with an abundance of gift bags much to their astonishment!

Both Cecil and Leona expressed an interest in visiting St. Anne’s again to continue to grow our partnership together with Walpole Island.

Community Christmas Dinner
100 Byron residents enjoyed a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings – including entertainment and a small gift – on Sunday, Dec 8th at St. George RC Church. The dinner was hosted by a small army of volunteers from our 5 local churches – Byron Community Church, Byron United Church, Family of Faith Church Lambeth, St. Anne’s and St. George’s. This is the 4th Christmas Dinner that our group of churches has hosted and we have increased our numbers from 25 guests the first year to 100 this year. Each church provided 2 pastoral persons to sit at the tables and have dinner with our guests. Many thanks to the volunteers from St. Anne’s who shared in the tasks of wrapping gifts, setting up tables and decorations, preparing potatoes, serving tables, and clean up:
Sherry H., Beth M., Judy B., Claudia D., Doreen W., Eleanor C., Ian S., Laura W.
Jane and Ivar A. – peeling and preparing 80lbs of potatoes
Cate O’N. and Paul M. – cooking and mashing all the potatoes
Pastoral Persons: Rev. Janet Lynall and Susan Genest
The event would not be the success it is without your help!