The Church of Rock Creek Decorated Stewpot for Christmas. It looked great!
Putting Items in the Stewpot Christmas Bags
Each year in mid-December, individuals gather at the Stewpot in downtown Little Rock to assemble Christmas gift bags for the Stewpot patrons. Each bag contained the following items: a warm blanket, pair of socks, pair of gloves, a cap, bag of trail mix and a toiletries bag. Gifts were assembled in colorful bags provided free from Natural Grocers on Rodney Parham.
Giving Out the Christmas Bags
The gift bags were handed out on Monday, December 18th. Approximately 135 of the 150 bags were distributed by a joyful crew. In addition to the gift bags, each individual was also given candy canes and a homemade gift wrapped cake from the St. Louise de Marillac Parish.
Trinity Presbyterian Church Every Other Monday Group Cooks a Delicious Holiday Meal
The Trinity Presbyterian Church Every Other Monday Group cooked a delicious holiday meal for Stewpot on Monday, December 18. Nancy Howell speerheaded the group and they prepared dressing with chicken (It was delicious - I tasted it!), sweet potatoes, green beans, rice and gravy, fruit and dessert.
Members of the Episcopal Collegiate School Faculty Help Serve Lunch at Stewpot
Several members of the Episcopal Collegiate School faculty helped to serve lunch at Stewpot on Wednesday, December 20th. The group, organized by Lara Beard as part of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship at Episcopal Collegiate, learned the ropes from Gordon Garlington before the serving began at noon. The Institute seeks to identify and organize service learning programs and projects in the wider Little Rock community, not just for Episcopal Collegiate students, but also for the faculty and staff. Everyone involved expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to serve the homeless community, especially during the holiday season, and hope to return in the spring.
Gordon Garlington is pictured on the far left and Shirley Garlington is pictured on the far right with members from the Episcopal Collegiate School in the middle. In attendance were: (front row) Heather McPherson, Lara Beard, Katie Robinson, Laura Crawford, Christy Marquis, Haley Lafoon, and (back row) Jessica McSpadden, Jo Stoltz, Kathleen House, and Chuck McCormick. Gordon is the Team Captain for the Third Wednesday Stewpot Team and his wife, Shirley is one of the team members. The rest of the team had a day off.
Ray Koone picked up several boxes of shoes from the Go Running shoe store in the Heights
The Clothes Closet is open from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. each Thursday. Stewpot patrons can receive one each of the following items: toiletries, pants, shirt, socks, shoes, etc. The Clothes Closet is always in need of clean men's and women's clothes. The Fleet Feet Sports Easy Runner shoe store, and the Go! Running shoe store have both been very conscientious in collecting shoes for the Stewpot.