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GRACE (Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange)

GRACE (Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange)

Our partnership with GRACE has spanned many years and many programs. We were on the steering committee that founded GRACE in 1987 and we were one of the founding members of their transitional housing program. Our involvement and support for GRACE has continued ever since. We invite you to help out in any of these GRACE programs.

Feed Our Kids - The week of July 5-8, we feed lunch to area children when free school lunches and breakfasts are not available. Lunches are prepared in the St. Laurence Parish Hall and then delivered to the Ticknor Terrace Apartments in Grapevine. We serve lunch to the kids and play with them. This is a wonderful ministry for St. Laurence adults and kids to participate in together. Help is needed to donate food, prepare and serve the meals. Contact Amy Bechner here for more info.

Toilet Tissue Sunday - The 4th Sunday of every month is Toilet Tissue Sunday at St. Laurence. We ask everyone to donate toilet tissue and we bring it to the GRACE Food Pantry. We keep their shelves stocked with this basic item so that those in need can have access to it. A red wagon is used to collect the donations and can be found in front of the Church on Toilet Tissue Sunday. Help is needed to donate the toilet tissue and to deliver it to the Food Pantry. Contact Faith Berryman here for more info.

Holiday Food Drives - Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, GRACE puts together approx. 600 food baskets that are distributed to local families in need and we are asked to provide one of the items for these baskets. This year we have been asked to donate 600 boxes of Jello for Thanksgiving and 600 boxes of instant stuffing mix (Stove Top or similar - not bags of bread crumbs) for Christmas. Help is needed to collect and deliver the donations to GRACE. Contact Elizabeth Curtiss here for more info.

Clothing Drive - The Daughters of the King held their first clothing drive for GRACE in July and August this year to provide socks, underwear and shoes for kids going back to school. There was a huge response from the Parish and we were able to fill this need for many, many children. Help is needed to donate items during the drive next year. Contact Carolyn Cole here for more info.

Transitional Housing - GRACE provides apartments for those needing temporary housing as they transition from a bad situation to one where they are self-supporting. St. Laurence financially sponsors one of these apartments and keeps it furnished and supplied. We also give support, guidance and friendship to those who live in our apartment. Help is needed to provide this support. Contact Lisa Fore here for more info.

Service Days - St. Laurence sponsors various service days for GRACE when we bring volunteers on-site to work in whatever capacity they need us. Sometimes we sort clothes at their Donation Station. Sometimes we are weeding the gardens at the food pantry. Whatever it is, it's a joyous day of working for others.