Canon Fire: Rooted, Missional and COMPASSIONATE

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Updates

Below is information about a wonderful Diocesan organization that is reaching out into the community with help and compassion for the less fortunate. Now THEY need our help. Please read this article and respond generously.
–Canon Jim Fosdick

Anglican Charities

As you may know, the Anglican Charities’ primary source of financing has been the In-Gathering at Synod. Over the past couple of years those collections were earmarked for other worthy purposes. This has brought us to a point of running critically low on funds, enough for three to four months at best. We have an emergency need for $2000 to fix the truck which is our primary vehicle to pick up bread and groceries to distribute to the poor. We also need funds for the groceries we buy and would like to raise $6,000 to $12,000 per year for this purpose. The more we raise the more food we can distribute. Any contribution large or small will help us.

Some examples of our outreach: We have developed relationships with bakeries, vending companies, grocery stores and others who donate large quantities of food to us. We also receive or purchase at commodity rates, meat and fish and other food items. During last year’s hurricanes, a local company that deals in cleaning products and paper goods contacted us and subsequently donated four pallets of cleaning supplies which we funneled to the hurricane relief effort. We have developed a relationship with a local library which now donates a lot of their used books to us, primarily children’s books, which we share with the Dream Center in downtown Peoria. We have received four trucks that have been donated to us which we have then passed on to other needy organizations. Through the efforts of Fr. David Byer, we now have a relationship with a Thrift Shop in Macomb which donates literally truck-loads of clothing and shoes to us which we then distribute to organizations that get the clothes to those in need. Just last week, we received an offer of two pallets of pre-packaged complete meals (168 cases) which we dispersed in two days. Of course that does not include the appliances, furniture, and other items and clothing that we process continually. We do literally help hundreds of families on a weekly basis.

Anglican Charities presently distributes to six churches: St. John’s Lutheran, Bartonville Christian, St. Benedict’s Abbey, Bethesda Baptist, Loaves and Fishes, Hanna City Methodist, Heritage Senior Center, The Dream Center, SAMS no kill animal Shelter, and four individual families (two of which the head of household suffered a catastrophic crippling accident). We also leave a few trays of products at Christ Church Limestone every week to distribute to those in need in the congregation. We occasionally take cases of water to the animal shelter for their volunteers. We are looking for Diocese of Quincy churches to assist in food and clothing distribution and Canon Jim is discussing this with one church as this newsletter goes out.

Since Synod in 2017, we have collected and given out food items valued at $160,000 dollars. We have distributed food and other goods valued at over 1.5 million dollars since we began. We are making a difference.

–Arch Worsfold, Volunteer

If you are able to contribute please send your check made out to the Diocese of Quincy to:
LE ROY GROFF, Treasurer
c/o Diocese of Quincy
4911 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL 61614
Please memo your checks for: Anglican Charities

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