What does it mean to you? To me it means being grateful for all that I have and have been given – things like my home, my food, my family, my health, my friends, my church. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all of this abundance. I also know that there are many people who don’t have this.

We have an opportunity to help some of those people receive a portion of our bounty. WestSide CARES is preparing 80 Thanksgiving baskets to be given to neighboring families. Since we are in the midst of COVID restrictions, it is deemed safer to gather food gift cards – not the actual food items. If you are able to help purchase items for these baskets, please send your financial contribution to the Church, 103 Pawnee Avenue, Manitou Springs CO 80829, marked Thanksgiving Baskets. We will purchase gift cards to be sent to WestSide CARES to help purchase food item for these Thanksgiving Baskets. We need to send the cards by the end of October.

Other news from WestSide CARES:
Regular operating hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. No public access to the lobby. Everyone in the building is masked.
Mail, snacks, toiletries and socks will continue to be handed out through the main entrance on the east side of the building with neighbors stepping just inside the door to the service table one at a time, after sanitizing their hands and donning masks.

Pantry Services: Tuesday afternoon “commodities only” at Trinity UMC; the 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesday evening at Church in the Wildwood; Wednesday afternoon pantries at the Westside Community Center and B Street. The pantries at Sacred Heart Church and Trinity UMC remain closed at this time. The Lord’s dinner is still suspended.

In preparation for reopening the Resource Room, the following cold weather and toiletry items are needed:
Men’s winter coats, size L, XL, XXL; Men’s winter hats; Women’s winter coats, size XXL, XXXL; Adult winter gloves; Pill bottles, Conditioner, Shampoo, Lotion, and Bottled water.
You can drop these off at 2808 West Colorado Ave., between 9:30 and 12:30 Monday through Thursday OR call Jane Hart for pickup. You can also drop them off at her house and she will deliver them.

— Arlene Penman

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