Twelve members of our congregation toured the Bags of Love warehouse May 21st to see the incredible work they do to support children who are experiencing trauma. We have supported this organization in the past through barrel drives and through a financial donation from the Social Justice and Witness committee.

Last year Bags of Love (https://bagsofloveinc.org) provided almost 5,000 beautiful, large bags to children who have been removed from the custody of their parents because of abuse or neglect, or who are experiencing trauma or poverty. Bags of Love welcomes donations of gently used children’s clothing or toys, fabric, or new toiletry items or diapers. In addition, they are always looking for those with some sewing skills to put together quilts. Volunteers also put together bags and deliver them to organizations who have requested them. Betsy Hoell will coordinate our church’s outreach to Bags of Love later this summer; contact her via socialjustice@fcceugene.org for more information.

Other Social Justice News

Our Mental Health team hosted a table in the lobby for the past month sharing information about resources for everything from depression to suicide prevention. Look for Bonnie Garcia and Chris Cunningham at the Ems game on June 13. They will be representing FCC. The Ems are donating a percentage of their sales to Transponder on that evening. This would a great day to get yourself to the ballpark, too!

The Sandwich Making group made and served 1094 sandwiches last month!

Remember to bring in food for the Little Pantry outside the church. And if you have extra reusable water bottles, this is a good time to drop them off at the pantry. The summer months are hot and water is important. We don’t want to offer plastic bottles of water because of the environmental impact, but re-usable water bottles would be a great addition to our pantry.