Please Share the Helping Hands Contact Information

Helping Hands are available all over the Houston area but its very helpful to know how many volunteers to request when we have homes signed up for help. Please share the following information with your friends! You can also download the fliers to print and pass out at this link: Helping Hands Fliers

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President Uchtdorf Visits Houston 9/3

President Uchtdorf visited members in Cypress, Texas and assessed the damage at the temple on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Here are his inspiring words to the members:

“I have just left the Houston, Texas area, where floods caused by Hurricane Harvey have caused catastrophic loss. Though we all have seen photos and videos of the destruction, there is little that can prepare you for the enormity of the damage caused. It is heart wrenching.
“Despite this intense trial, thanks to the Savior and those who follow Him, there is always reason for hope. I forever will be inspired by the selfless humanitarian service I witnessed today.
“Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—as well as friends from many other faiths—have come together to ‘mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort’ (Mosiah 18:9). What is happening in Texas and Louisiana is exemplary of what the Church does all over the world. Whether it is in Africa, Asia, or South America, our members are there to help. It is the gospel and Christ’s Church in action to serve God and fellowmen.
“I want to speak directly to my friends in Houston, but I also hope this message can be helpful to you, wherever you are, if your own spiritual floodwaters are rising and you don’t know where to turn.
“The Lord has given us a reassuring message of hope: ‘Fear not, little flock . . . Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not’ (D&C 6:34, 36). Hope sustains us through despair. Hope teaches that there is reason to rejoice even when all seems dark around us.
“And to all who suffer—to all who feel discouraged and worried—I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in.
“Never surrender.
“Never allow despair to overcome your spirit.
“When we have hope, we acknowledge the difficult path ahead of us, but we move forward in faith, knowing that God will see us through these times of trial.
“My friends, embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart. I love you and I pray that you may find hope during these difficult times.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 

 

Update: Hurricane Relief 9/3

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What an amazing day it has been full of sacrifice and the Spirit. The Helping Hands crews started with a sacrament meeting at 8am filling the cultural hall.  We estimated 350-400 men, women and youth joined our 25 Helping Hands teams! Our deepest appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices and love that you have shown forth as we have extended a hand of support to those whose homes have been impacted by the flood.

For Monday 9/4:

Tomorrow we will be continuing with flood relief opportunities to assist homeowners here within our stake boundaries. We recognize that many of you have now been mucking and gutting houses for 2 to 4 straight days. So tomorrow each of you has three options: first you can take a rest day if you need one; second, you can work a half day. Or third you can work a full day. Please talk to your crew leader tonight by 9:00pm and let him know your availability.

We will be meeting at the Katy Stake Center tomorrow at 8 AM to get started. For those who have not yet served but would like to do so tomorrow, please contact your elders quorum president or high priest group leader, who can put you in touch with a crew chief in your ward.

If you are coming out to work again tomorrow, please remember to bring with you your safety mask, gloves and any equipment from home that you may have that would help with the flood relief. The stake will supplement safety items like goggles, masks and gloves with what we have on hand.

Capturing Experiences & Pictures

We would love to have pictures and experiences documented as we provide relief work. We truly are seeing the hand of the Lord in so many ways and want to capture these experiences. Please email Heather Turner at hlauturner@gmail.com with any experiences and pictures or drop pictures into this shared folder link: Harvey Relief Pictures

 

Updates – Hurricane Harvey Relief 9/2

The amount of service taking place is so touching! Over 150 Helping Hands were out today and we expect a great turnout tomorrow and Monday as well.

Regarding Church:

  • For all those who will be helping with the flood relief efforts, we will hold a special sacrament meeting at 8 AM at our new Heritage Bluff Building. Come in work clothes please. The new bldg is located at 9100 Heritage Bluff Drive, Richmond TX 77406 (southwest corner of 1093 and Spring Green Blvd where it becomes 723).
  • All wards will be holding only a 1 hour church meeting (testimony/sacrament) at their normal time and location, with the exception of Sealy and Katy Mills:  Sealy will hold their 1 hour sacrament meeting at 8 AM (Sealy bldg) and Katy Mills will hold theirs at 10 AM (Drexel Bldg).
  • Relief Society Presidents will be collecting gift cards to help families in need. If you do not have one to give on Sunday, but would like to donate, please make arrangements with your RS president

Regarding Helping Hands (work parties):

  • We anticipate helping with flooded homes on Sunday and Monday. We are grateful to now have access to help with the homes of several Church members along the eastern edge of Katy that previously were inaccessible.
  • if you become aware of any homes that need remediation (Church members, friends, neighbors, colleagues) please email their name, phone number, address and a brief description of the needs to pmillerkaty@gmail.com
  • please contact your elders quorum president or high priest group leader if you would like to help with the flooded homes. If you’ve already been participating, please contact your crew leader directly.  We are holding update calls each evening with priesthood leaders and crew leaders.

 

Updates for Hurricane Relief – 9/1/17

This is an update, the main information is listed below in the previous post. Updates & Opportunities to Serve After Hurricane Harvey

So much service was done these last few days!

  • On Friday, members of the stake organized a “build a flood cleaning bucket” brigade and a whopping 450 buckets we created by members of the Church and members of the community.  They will all be distributed on Saturday.
  • Bright yellow helping hands shirts have been seen all over Katy Christian Ministries the last 3 days accepting, sorting, and distributing donations for those in need!
  • HEB donated a truckload of 42,000 lbs of fresh produce at the United Way in Brookshire. Many stake members were there leading this unloading and distribution of these fresh goods yesterday afternoon

Service for this weekend (9/2-4)

  • Work crews are being arranged for cleaning up, muck & gut projects in the area. Over 160 members from the Katy Stake have committed their time and talents tomorrow! Because the water has not receded yet in many parts of east & south part of the stake, we will be helping with flood clean up in the western part of our stake in the community of Brookshire.  The people are so grateful.  The Mayor and others are ecstatic and grateful to the Church. Please contact your ward crew leader to get the details for Saturday (tomorrow) if you haven’t heard already
  • More crews will be going out on Sunday and Monday.  We have slots open on both days for flood related cleanup, so, please check with friends, neighbors and associates – if they do need help, please email that information to pmillerkaty@gmail.com
  • If you are looking for other service opportunities outside of cleaning up from the flood, send an email to pmillerkaty@gmail.com as there are many ways to serve behinds the scenes or in the community.

Updates & Opportunities to Serve After Hurricane Harvey

In this time of need, there are many that are looking to serve and provide their time and resources for our community. The Katy Stake leadership will keep a running list with information for you to reference during the coming days and weeks.

Volunteer and Donations:

Mormon Helping Hands are being organized at the ward level and then stake level to assist individual home owners gut their homes once their house has drained from the flood waters. These work crews will be organized for this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (September 2-4th) as well as in the coming weeks and/or months as the needs get addressed and the flood waters leave. Strict safety guidelines will be provided with training for each crew.  Projects will be announced shortly and we welcome volunteers, ages 14 and up, to help in this challenging but rewarding service.

  • On Friday, 9/1, Ben Hilton will be leading a group for drywall removal out of a half dozen homes starting at 2935 Lake Drive, Katy TX 77494.  We will be starting there at 9 a.m. ending around noon.  What to bring (essentials):Gloves, Drywall knives or Box Cutter knives. Optional: Wheelbarrow if you have one, Pry bars if you have one, Chisel and Hammer, Bottled water or other refreshments! Book of Mormon to pass out! Questions, contact Ben Hilton, Cell 281-773-5772

  • September 1-2: Here are immediate needs at Katy Christian Ministries and they will be accepting donations Friday & Saturday 9am – 5pm: powdered laundry detergent (small sizes), shampoo & conditioner, razors/shaving cream, toilet paper, dried beans, rice, ramen, mac & cheese, pasta/pasta sauce, canned meats, canned tomatoes, canned fruit. All must have expiration dates of 2018 or later.
  • If you are looking for other ways to serve, this website lists many opportunities with various churches collecting, sorting, etc: katydisasterresponse.com as well as justserve.org. On there is listed many opportunities to contribute.
  • If you would like to sign up to donate to clean supply kits, use this sign-up genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca8ab23a13-cleaning
  • If you have housing to share – either in the short-term or know of long-term housing for families displaced, add to this document: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSco1wzAIdxzk0pI8-saxlzE4OrJ7gC41ycItAmo7nCryG_Efw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Information for Those Who Have Been Flooded

  • This link takes you to a folder with helpful tips on managing your home after a flood – it was written by a family that just experienced their home flooding in Baton Rouge last August. Also there are self-care tips for everyone to review after a disaster Hurricane Harvey Documents
  • If you want to share where people can receive work crews to come help “muck and gut” their flooded home once the water recedes, call these numbers at Crisiscleanup.org. This is a centralized database that all churches use, including Mormon Helping Hands, to strategically address the needs in the community and use volunteer resources most effectively. This is a hotline available to submit work orders for specific need requests related to the damages and for cleanup efforts. There is no charge if these services. They are mobilizing thousands to come and help mucking out homes, cleaning etc.  By calling the hotline number, a volunteer will take down the information you need and create a work order and then attempt to send a volunteer crew out to help. This includes removing carpet, cutting down tree limbs, etc. Obviously there’s still difficulty getting crews into the neighborhood, but this will allow us to start the rebuilding process, and they will come as they are able.

 

New Church Building Dedication – POSTPONED!

Due to the flooding in Katy and the greater Houston area, the building dedication will be postponed – a new date will be announced shortly.

Our stake has prayed and fasted for years for this new building and we are truly grateful to have the Heritage Bluff building completed. Please join us for the building dedication and we encourage you to bring your friends and neighbors to enjoy this special event. Here is the link to the invitation to share: Building Dedication Invitation to download

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Serve Up Your Summer!

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Summer is here! Perhaps you have a more open schedule or looking for some new activities, please consider some of these great service opportunities for you and/or your family.

Katy Christian Ministries (KCM):

  • Food donations are low during the summer months – consider donating food to the KCM Food Pantry. Check the website for needed items. http://ktcm.org/food-pantry/ and check out service opportunities as an individual, family or group.
  • Pick up food donations from local grocery stores and deliver to KCM a couple of times a week. http://ktcm.org/volunteer/ or https://www.justserve.org/projects/18ad2169-8d17-4f52-8d5e-3fc566d7cf05
  • Make Handmade cards are always welcome. A cheerful message, religious phrase or Bible scripture on the cards helps to give encouragement to others.  Cards may be dropped at the Food Pantry.
  • Plastic grocery bags – Clean grocery bags (without holes) are needed at KCM. Flatten your grocery bags and drop them at KCM.    5510 1st Street, Katy, TX  Hours:  M-F 9am –5 pm, Sat 9am – 1PM
  • Red Apple School Supply Drive –assist with the Red Apple School Supplies needed by children in our area for this coming year. http://ktcm.org/red-apple/
  • Thrift shop. Donations of gently used clothing (clean and in good repair), housewares and furniture are always accepted.  These should be delivered to the rear entrance.  Check their website for information on pickup of large furniture at your home.   http://ktcm.org/donate/wherewhat-can-i-donate/
  • Volunteer at KCM – there are many needs that are waiting for you. http://ktcm.org/volunteer/ scroll down for more opportunities
  • More opportunities – Don’t see what you would like to help with? Contact KCM directly and ask for other opportunities. Volunteer Coordinator- Kristina 281-391-5262 Ext: 4009  Albright@ktcm.org

 

The Holiday Project:

  • Handmade Cards : Contact Janet Lunt  (K2 Ward) Dandj7c@gmail.com or 832-379-9624 to sign up to make holiday cards that are distributed throughout the year by The Holiday Project as volunteers visit those in care centers in the Katy area. Share your love, a smile and conversation with those needing a little bit of extra love.

 

Care Centers/Assisted Living Centers – Katy/Brookshire/Sealy area:

  • Visit residents at Grace Care Center – Katy. Spend a few minutes to brighten the lives of others by sharing your smile, love and talents.  Does a member of your ward reside in a care center and need your love?  There are many care/assisted living centers in the area. Most care centers appreciate having people come and spend some time with the residents.

 

Texas Children’s Hospital Katy(TCH):    All items may be dropped at the front desk.

  • Assemble Activity Bags: These bags are used to help a child waiting for a doctor’s appointment, surgery, medical procedure or just needing a little extra love. Small sized paper bags are best.  (you may provide artwork on a bag but it is not required.) They are unable to use bags with religious phrases or “Get well soon”.  ‘Hope you are feeling better’ is appropriate ). A few sheets of the following are always enjoyed.  Coloring sheets, word search pages, hangman, tic-tac-toe, connect the dot, dot-to-dot, etc. may be copied off the internet or from books.  A small type toy/activity may be added but not necessary.  These may include a small container of playdoh, card game, small puzzles, etc.  Patients from 2 – 3 years to older teen enjoy these bags.
  • Decorate Placemats for Food Trays: Decorate 11X17 sheets of paper to become colorful, encouraging placemats for food trays help brighten TCH patient’s day.  Encouraging thoughts, pictures or small activities (tic-tac-toe, connect the dots, etc) patients can enjoy will be helpful.
    • Message guidelines: TCH is unable to use placemats with phrases saying ‘Get better soon’ or similar. Phrases such as ‘Hope you are feeling better’ or ‘Have a happy day’, etc. are appropriate. Patients come from many cultures so they ask that religious phrases/thoughts are not
    • Decoration guidelines: Keep in mind food plates are placed on the placemats so multi-dimensional placemats or raised embellishments would be best used another way. These are disposable – No need to laminate. No glitter please. Be creative, colorful and have fun!
  • Donate Fleece Blankets: construct fleece lap blankets of all sizes are always needed. Any child loves to have a soft blanket to cuddle.
  • Donate New Underwear. New underwear is always needed.  Currently there is a need for older children and teens but all sizes are welcome.

 

AngelGowns by Diane:  

  • Angel Gowns by Diane provides burial clothing for families who have suffered the loss of a child before, during or shortly after birth at no cost.   This is an opportunity to either donate formal dresswear (wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and other formal wear), help in cutting out simple burial clothing or use your sewing skills to make burial clothing. Contact Diane Dionne at http://angelgownsbydiane.org/

 

Books Between Kids:

  • Books Between Kids is a non-profit organization serving Houston’s at-risk children by providing them with books to build their own home libraries. Volunteer or donate gently used children’s books to help children in HISD build a home library. http://www.booksbetweenkids.org/

 

About 85% of Houston ISD’s elementary-aged children live at or below the poverty line.  Priorities for these children and their families are food, clothing and shelter – all other items fall into the category of “want”.  Research has shown that children growing up in homes without books, where books are considered a luxury, are less likely to complete a basic education than their peers who do have books available at home (University of Nevada, 2010). Books Between Kids strives to change this scenario by collecting gently used books and distributing them to children in need. 

 

Brookwood Community:

  • Often has short term service opportunities for individuals.  These are hard to share as they come up very quickly.  Sign up with them directly for these opportunities.

http://www.brookwoodcommunity.org/getinvolved/volunteer.php

 

Case for Smiles

  • This is one of the few volunteer organizations solely dedicated to helping sick children cope with the stress of their illnesses and injuries. They provide handmade whimsical pillowcases for each child and distribute them in Katy area hospitals.  Check out our website http://caseforsmiles.org/    Contact Theresa in the Katy area for information on fabric/directions on how to make these pillowcases. TheresaForSmiles@comcast.net

 

Handmade blankets: Consider making/donating handmade blankets to those in need.

  • Texas Children’s Hospital – Katy
  • Grace Care Center Katy
  • Assisted Living Centers in the Katy/ Brookshire/Sealy Area
  • Is there a ward member in your ward who would love a blanket/visit to feel of the love you have
  • Project Linus http://www.projectlinus.org/  HoustonArea – Contact: Sally B  (281) 492-2679

 

Share the gift of Sight:

  • Recycle eyeglasses you no longer need. The Lion’s Club drop-off box for gently used glasses is located in the front entry area at Maude Marks Library at 1815 Westgreen.

 

Soul Hope:

  • Bless those living in Uganda by helping to make the upper parts of shoes for the people in Uganda. The pattern is traced and then cut from old denim jeans, sent to an individual in the US to send on to Uganda where they employ people in their country to make the shoes.  These shoes cover the feet of people in Uganda to help protect them from ‘jiggers’ that burrow into the skin and make it painful and difficult to walk.  We are so blessed!!!! http://solehopeparty.org/  or check with Grand Lakes YM/YW.  Word has it that a Soul Hope Shoe Party was a great YM/YW activity.

 

Interfaith Ministries (IM) of Greater Houston: 

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Refugee Services department, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, Episcopal Migration Ministries and Church World Service, resettles legal refugees fleeing their homeland in fear of political, social or religious persecution.  IM helps refugees from around the world make new lives in America.  https://www.imgh.org/

 

  • Donations: There is always a need for household and other items that are given to the refugees when they arrive.   Donations are accepted to help with those relocating.  Be sure to check the website on ways you can help and dates/times to drop off donations.  https://www.imgh.org/refugee-services/refugee-services-wish-list

 

  • Flash cards: Most of our refugees do not know English. Flash cards can be made and given to the families to learn basic English words that can help them get around the Houston area.  Adult cards are in greater need however, elementary age children cards are also appreciated.

 

  1. Cut out and paste a picture on one side of the index card – these can be very basic items (oranges, bread, shirt, pants, dress, etc – think simple picture of one item)
  2. Flip the card over and write out the word of the picture.
  3. Use rubber bands to collect sets of 25 completed refugee cards and package in a sandwich bag.
  4. Note on the bag Adult or Child so they know which age group the cards would assist the best.

 

Refugee flash cards may be delivered/sent to Interfaith Ministries 3202 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77004

 

  • Handmade cards: Holiday or Sympathy cards can be made to brighten the lives of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston clients such as recipients of Meals on Wheels. There is no need to place cards in an envelope, many clients have difficulty getting the cards out of the envelopes due to arthritis and stiff joints.
  • The following holidays are observed: Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Veterans Day, Christmas (generic holidays card around Christmas time).  Please no glitter on the cards.  Card sentiments should be sensitive to different religions: ‘keeping you in our prayers’ is ok. ‘stay strong, Jesus will guide you’ is not ok.  Generic greetings like ‘happy memorial day’ is great.  Holiday cards are needed about 3 weeks prior to the holiday as they do not have room to store them for prolonged periods of time.
  • Sympathy cards are always welcome. Sentiments should be sensitive to all religions.  Suggested thoughts are:
    • With our deepest heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your loved one….
    • Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this painful season of your life…
    • In prayer for the healing of your heart in a very profound way…

 

Handmade cards may be delivered/sent to Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels 3202 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77004

Other opportunities to volunteer at Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston may be found on their website https://www.imgh.org/  under Meals on Wheels, Refugee Services, or Volunteer.  Many things can be done from our area.  Meals on Wheels is available in the Katy area for volunteers.

 

Summer Volunteers or YM/YW Project Ideas:

 

KATY PARKS – KEEP KATY BEAUTIFUL

Check out the website for volunteer opportunities  http://cityofkaty.com/our-community/keep_katy_beautiful/

 

TEXAS WILDLIFE REHABILITATION COALITION

TWRC is looking for volunteers to work their Center volunteer shifts which include the care and feeding of their Animal Ambassadors and general cleaning and maintenance tasks for the Center.  The students would need to attend a center orientation, become a member and then they would receive a link to their Volunteer Spot online sign-up sheet. They then can sign up for any open positions and come in for four hour shifts helping take care of their adorable Animal Ambassadors and helping with the tasks involved with keeping the Center running. Contact Victoria Hepburn at TWRC for additional information at edacare@twrcwildlifecenter.org.

Check out the listings on JustServe.org

Baby Bird Program  https://www.justserve.org/projects/d34a6b51-e55d-465e-980d-1d19f386bcdf

Possum and Pals Program https://www.justserve.org/projects/1144b401-3e84-4998-9987-67e17b7ca553 Center Volunteer https://www.justserve.org/projects/cf64b870-3bd3-4728-b9b9-7055cdac3032

http://www.twrcwildlifecenter.org/

Organizations that may have an opportunity for Eagle/Laurel projects:

Brookwood Community in Brookshire, TX.  Contact Brookwood Community directly to see what is needed as you are planning an Eagle/Laurel project.

 Katy Christian Ministries

  ~ Food drive summer- early fall.  Donations are needed to help feed others in our community.  Contact the Food Pantry Manager to make arrangements / understand their needs prior to organizing a food drive.

  ~ Building shelves for Pantry or Thrift Store

Contact Katy Christian Ministries for other projects needed at the time you are identifying a project.

For information call Social Services at 281-391-9623.

 

Katy Prairie Conservancy­

Help maintain KPC’s Coastal Prairie Native Seed Nursery, combat invasive species, mulch trails, clear fences of vegetation, and restore prairie habitats.  Contact Christine Mansfield 713-523-6135  info@katyprairie.org

 

Books Between Kids – Books Between Kids is a non-profit organization serving Houston’s at-risk children by providing them with books to build their own home libraries. Volunteer or donate gently used children’s books to help children in HISD build a home library.  http://www.booksbetweenkids.org/  Plan a book drive for used children’s books

 

Helpful information –

Where can I recycle paint and other hazardous material I cannot put in my garbage?

Harris County Residential Hazardous Waste – dispose of hazardous waste from your home and garage for the safety of your family and others.      http://eng.hctx.net/watershed/hhw_facility.html

Fort Bend County Residential Hazardous Waste – dispose of hazardous waste from your home and garage for the safety of your family and others.    http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=360

 

 

Celebrating the Christmas Season: #LightTheWorld Through Acts of Service

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The  #LightTheWorld campaign is a wonderful way to learn more about our Savior, share our Savior’s love through service and sharing our testimony of Him with friends and neighors. What a wonderful way to focus on this Christmas season.
Starting on December 1st, there will be 25 ways over 25 days to learn and become more like our Savior (Go to Mormon.org to follow each day or go to Mormon.org/download to download the advent calendar).  December 1st the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worldwide Day of Service to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Church’s welfare program. Everyone is encouraged to serve in a small and simple way to share the Light of Christ and #LightTheWorld.
Here are some ideas for families and individuals to provide great acts of service in the Katy area on December 1st or throughout the Christmas season. Please contact your Ward Community Service Specialist if you have any questions.

Grace Care Center

 130 Handmade cards are needed for each holiday to be distributed by volunteers visiting residents at the Grace Care Center on  Christmas Day.  See signup for ‘needed by’ date. Christmas Cardshttps://www.justserve.org/projects/88a42e82-84a2-432c-a313-fd36d32fd007  Sign up requested on JustServe.org so we know how many cards will be donated.

 Visit with the residents at the Grace Care Center to brighten their holiday on Christmas Day.  Many do not have family or friends in the area and feel alone or forgotten.  A visit would mean so much to them.    Signup is required on JustServe.org   Christmas Day visitshttps://www.justserve.org/projects/7a7e53e6-64b3-4f49-b207-4b6900d6efb

 United Way – Brookshire

   ~ Gift cards are a great idea this Christmas for distribution to families who have been affected by the floods this past year in Brookshire/ Pattison.  Walmart /Target/HEB etc,  Suggest $50 per card.  Needed by Dec 10th.  Deliver to your Ward Community Service Specialist no later than Sun,Dec. 11th.

Katy Christian Ministries

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Adopt a child/senior in our community with a few Christmas gifts.  On your own or invite another individual or family and sponsor a child/senior.   For more information on how you can help or to sign up:  https://www.justserve.org/projects/38769fb1-59fc-4c82-a27c-868196c1f4bd

   ~ Food Pantry

Share your holidays – We welcome donated food items to share with those in need this holiday season.  Deliver your food items to KCM’s Pantry back door by Thurs,Dec 15.  KCM  is located at 5510 1ST Ave, Katy. Open:  Mon – Thur 8:30 AM – 5 PM.Closed:  All day Fri – Sun.

5# (or less) Flour OR Sugar
24 oz (or less) Cooking Oil
16 oz Peanut Butter
1# bag Dried Beans OR Rice
8 oz box Mac & Cheese
20 oz (or less) Canned fruit

~KCM Pantry Donation Sorting

Volunteers needed to help sort donations received during the holiday donation season.  Volunteer for a couple hours OR on a recurring weekly basis. There is much work to be done and we are grateful for all helping hands.   Mon –Thur  1PM – 5PM.  Age 14 and older.  Closed-toed shoes are required for safety.  https://www.justserve.org/projects/ede3cb90-79e8-4fa9-9e90-7838b337ca19  Fill out a New Volunteer Application and select ‘Food Pantry’ if you have not done so in the past. In the field ‘What is your reason for volunteering at Katy Christian Ministries?’ note ‘Assist with Holiday donations’ so your form will be expedited. Drop-ins are welcome provided space is available due to the size of the pantry. Students:Hours may be used for school service hours.  Check with Lynn on your day of service or bring your paper with you to be signed. Group projects may be available at other times.  For more information on group projects: contact Lynn Hooge at the KCM Pantry 281-682-7681 and leave a message.

~Social Services

Gas Cards, gift cards (Walmart/ HEB, etc) are welcomed to assist others in need.  Deliver gift cards to your Ward Community Service Specialist by Sun,Dec. 11.
 

~Crisis Center

IMMEDIATE NEED – New, packaged underwear/socks to assist clients in crisis situations.  Drop in the box in the Katy Stake Relief Society Room OR give to your Ward Community Service Specialist on Dec 3.  Signup required.  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4FADAC22A3F85-give 

Have any questions? Looking for additional service ideas? Contact your Ward Community Service Specialists: 

Cinco West:    Kristin Wood
Cross Creek:   Suzy & William Sultemeier
Grand Lakes:  Steve Olson
Katy 2nd:           Janet Lunt
Katy Mills:      Andy Van Develde
Nottingham Country:   Renn Neilson 
Sealy 1:         Louis Nachos
Sealy 2:         Pres Garcia  

 

 

 

 

“Fall Into Service” During October!

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The Katy Stake is joining hundreds of stakes in the Southwest region to focus on community service during the month of October. Each ward is planning activities for their ward members to participate in either through their auxiliary events and/or on a larger scale. Please take time individually or as a family to serve in the community during October and strengthen your Christ-like love. You will find its contagious and will desire to continue to serve those around us, learning, sharing and growing!

These service activities listed below were listed in the summer and are still relevant for classes, individuals or families to serve.

Interfaith Ministries (IM) of Greater Houston:

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Refugee Services department, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, Episcopal Migration Ministries and Church World Service, resettles legal refugees fleeing their homeland in fear of political, social or religious persecution. IM helps refugees from around the world make new lives in America.

Donations: There is always a need for household and other items that are given to the refugees when they arrive. Donations are accepted to help with those relocating. Be sure to check the website on ways you can help and dates/times to drop off donations.
https://www.imgh.org/refugee-services/refugee-services-wish-list

Flash cards: Most of our refugees do not know English. Flash cards can be made and given to the families to learn basic English words that can help them get around the Houston area. Adult cards are in greater need however, elementary age children cards are also appreciated.

1. Draw or cut out and paste a picture on one side of the index card – these can be very basic items (oranges, bread, shirt, pants, dress, etc – think simple picture of one item)
2. Flip the card over and write out the word of the picture.
3. Use rubber bands to collect sets of 25 completed refugee cards and package in a sandwich bag.
4. Note on the bag Adult or Child so they know which age group the cards would assist the best.

Refugee flash cards may be delivered/sent to:   Interfaith Ministries 3202 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77004

Handmade cards: Holiday or Sympathy cards can be made to brighten the lives of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston clients such as recipients of Meals on Wheels. There is no need to place cards in an envelope, many have difficulty getting the cards out of the envelopes due to arthritis and stiff joints.

  • The following holidays are observed: Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Veterans Day, Christmas (generic holidays card around Christmas time). Please no glitter on the cards. Card sentiments should be sensitive to different religions: ‘keeping you in our prayers’ is ok. ‘stay strong, Jesus will guide you’ is not ok. Generic greetings like ‘happy memorial day’ is great. Holiday cards are needed about 3 weeks prior to the holiday as they do not have room to store them for prolonged periods of time.
  • Sympathy cards are always welcome. Sentiments should be sensitive to all religions. Suggested thoughts are:
    • With our deepest heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your loved one….
    • Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this painful season of your life…
    • In prayer for the healing of your heart in a very profound way…

Handmade cards may be delivered/sent to:  Interfaith Ministries/Meals on Wheels 3202 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77004

Other opportunities to volunteer at Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston may be found on their website https://www.imgh.org/ under Meals on Wheels, Refugee Services, or Volunteer. Many things can be done from our area. Meals on Wheels is available in the Katy area for volunteers.

Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH): All items may be dropped at the front desk

Decorate Placemats for Food Trays: Decorate pieces of 11X17 paper to become colorful, encouraging placemats for food trays help brighten TCH patient’s day. Encouraging thoughts, pictures or small activities (tic-tac-toe, connect the dots, etc) patients can enjoy will be helpful.

  • Message guidelines: TCH is unable to use placemats with phrases saying ‘Get better soon’ or similar. Phrases such as ‘Hope you are feeling better’ or ‘Have a happy day’, etc. are appropriate. Patients come from many cultures so they ask that religious phrases/thoughts are not used.
  • Decoration guidelines: Keep in mind food plates are placed on the placemats so multi-dimensional placemats or raised embellishments would be best used another way. These are disposable. No need to laminate. No glitter please. Be creative, colorful and have fun!

Assemble Activity Bags: These bags are used to help a child waiting for a doctor’s appointment, surgery, medical procedure or just needing a little extra love. Small sized paper bags are best. (you may provide artwork on a bag but it is not required.) They are unable to use bags with religious phrases or “Get well soon”. ‘Hope you are feeling better’ is appropriate ). A few sheets of the following are always enjoyed. Coloring sheets, word search pages, hangman, tic-tac-toe, connect the dot, dot-to-dot, etc. may be copied off the internet or from books. A small type toy/activity may be added but not necessary. These may include a small container of playdoh, card game, small puzzles, etc. Patients from 2 – 3 years to older teen enjoy these bags.

Make Fleece Blankets: construct fleece lap blankets of all sizes are always needed. Any child loves to have a soft blanket to cuddle.

Donate New Underwear: New underwear is always needed. Currently there is a need for older children and teens but all sizes are welcome.

Katy Christian Ministries (KCM):

o Make Handmade cards for their clients are always welcome. A cheerful message, religious phrase or Bible scripture on the cards helps to give encouragement to others. Cards may be dropped at the Food Pantry.
o Thrift shop. Donations of gently used clothing (clean and in good repair), housewares and furniture are always accepted. These should be delivered to the rear entrance. Check their website for information on pickup of large furniture at your home.http://ktcm.org/donate/wherewhat-can-i-donate/
o Plastic grocery bags – Clean grocery bags (without holes) are needed at KCM. Flatten your grocery bags and drop them at KCM. 5510 1st Street, Katy, TX Hours: M-F 9am –5 pm, Sat 9am – 1PM

AngelGowns by Diane:

Angel Gowns by Diane provides burial clothing for families who have suffered the loss of a child before, during or shortly after birth at no cost. This is an opportunity to either donate formal dresswear (wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and other formal wear) or use your sewing skills to make burial clothing. Contact Diane Dionne at http://angelgownsbydiane.org/

Books Between Kids:

Books Between Kids is a non-profit organization serving Houston’s at-risk children by providing them with books to build their own home libraries. Volunteer by sorting books at their facilities or donate gently used children’s books to help children in HISD build a home library. This is a great family service project as they will allow children as young as 5 years old to attend with an adult! http://www.booksbetweenkids.org/

Case for Smiles:

This is one of the few volunteer organizations solely dedicated to helping sick children cope with the stress of their illnesses and injuries. They provide handmade whimsical pillowcases for each child and distribute them in Katy area hospitals. Check out our website http://caseforsmiles.org/Contact Theresa in the Katy area for directions on how to make these pillowcases.TheresaForSmiles@comcast.net

Share the gift of Sight:

Recycle eyeglasses you no longer need. The Lion’s Club drop-off box for gently used glasses is located in the front area at Maude Marks Library at 1815 Westgreen, Katy, Texas 77450.

Soul Hope:

Bless those in Uganda in helping to make the upper parts of shoes for people in Uganda. The pattern is traced and then cut from old denim jeans, sent to an individual in the US to send on to Uganda where they employ people in their country to make the shoes. These shoes cover the feet of people in Uganda to help protect them from ‘jiggers’ that burrow into the skin and make it painful and difficult to walk. We are so blessed!!!! http://solehopeparty.org/ or check with Grand Lakes YM/YW for more information. They recently held a Soul Hope Shoe Party for their combined activity.

Organizations that may have an opportunity for Eagle Projects or Personal Progress 10 hour  projects:

Brookwood Community

  • Located in Brookshire, Brookwood  Community is a God-centered educational, residential, and entrepreneurial community for adults with functional disabilities. Contact Brookwood Community directly to see what is needed at the time

 Katy Christian Ministries

  • Food drive summer- early fall.  Donations are needed to help feed others in our community.  Contact Lynn to make arrangements. Pantry Manager:  Lynn.Hooge@ktcm.org
  • Building shelves for Pantry or Thrift Store. Contact Katy Christian Ministries for other projects needed at the time you are identifying a project.
  • For information call Social Services at 281-391-9623.

Katy Parks – Keep Katy Beautiful

  • Contact Amy Reed at Katy Parks and Recreation  email: areed@CityofKaty.com

 Katy Prairie Conservancy­

  • Help maintain KPC’s Coastal Prairie Native Seed Nursery, combat invasive species, mulch trails, clear fences of vegetation, and restore prairie habitats.  Contact Christine Mansfield 713-523-6135  info@katyprairie.org