The 4th of July came a bit early for our diners this year. Thursday July 1, 2021 Stewpot diners were treated to a cookout of grilled hotdogs and McRib BBQ sandwiches. The McRib patties came frozen from the Foodbank but thawed quickly on Jason’s hot grill. That hat was just the beginning of the lunch. Also included were ice cold slices of watermelon, chips, dessert and soft drinks.
Since we are closed Friday and Monday for the holiday, we also gave out trail mix and a sack to go of non-perishable items.
Several volunteers manned the buffet table while others grilled. We are so blessed to have our generous volunteers who stood outside in the heat serving others. Thanks to all of the volunteers and thanks to Charlie for photographing the special event. And an extra special thanks to Jason for his grilling skills.
To see a video of the event click on the link below.
A BIRTHDAY WISH PLANNED A PARTY FOR STEWPOT
Thanks, and Happy Birthday, Jason
May 14 our diners enjoyed a big hotdog cookout in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. The whole idea came about due to a volunteer’s birthday wish. Jason Benbrook wanted to do something special for our diners that involved personal contact and his charcoal grill. We all sang “Happy Birthday” to Jason but the party turned out to be for our diners.
So Friday morning a big crew of volunteers hauled tables, ice, potato salad, chips, hotdogs and all the trimmings downstairs for a wonderful treat. We even had soft drinks and ice cream for dessert. The aroma of grilling hotdogs drew lots of attention even before lunch began.
About 150 diners came through the line on Friday. We were all able to see, greet and bless our diners in person after a year of pandemic. Special thanks to Bryn, Bridgett, Kay, Nancy, Sherry, Nette, Lynn, Chris, Tricia and of course Jason. Additionally our Ben E. Keith representative Nay Phillips came down to help serve ice cream. Thanks to Charlie for photographing the event. Ed got to supervise and set up since he had experience in Parking Lot Pizza Days.
To view a short video of the event described above, click on the link below.
Trinity Presbyterian Church Heard Stewpot Clothing Room Need
Our clothing room was very low on hooded sweatshirts for both men and women this winter. Since these are the perfect layering item, they are requested nearly all year. Trinity Presbyterian Outreach Committee made a plea to the congregation and what a response they got!
In early March, many boxes arrived at Stewpot containing 150 hooded sweatshirts in all sizes. We are truly grateful to Trinity Presbyterian for making such a generous donation.
Westover Hills Mission & Advocacy Project for March - Undie Sundies
An ever-present need of those who are homeless is new, clean underwear. That was the focus in March for WHPC Mission and Advocacy Project. Men’s tee-shirts, boxers and briefs and women’s underwear, as well as white socks for both women and men were collected. The basket for donations was located in the alcove between the outside and inside doors to the church office.
Since shopping in stores continued to present a possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus or related viruses, checks in support of these mission projects were mailed to the church office with a note on the memo line: Mission and Advocacy Project. A total of $470 was collected. Charlie Frith and Eileen Joyce from Westover Hills used the donated money to purchase underwear items at Wal-Mart.
Between the items donated and the items purchased, Westover Hills collected over $600 for underwear, tee-shirts and socks. Charlie delivered the items to the Stewpot Clothes Closet on Tuesday, April 13.
Eileen Joyce & Charlie Frith from WHPC