April 08, 2021 | Articles | United Methodist Women
UMW: Easter Outreach
The Leesburg United Methodist Women reached out to the Loudoun County community by distributing 75 Easter goody bags to children of families visiting the Ampersand Pantry. The colorful goody bags contained coloring pages, crayons, and plastic eggs filled with toys and candy. The Ampersand Pantry Project, along with local restaurants and community volunteers, began providing healthy meals during the COVID-19 shutdown to families in need, no questions asked, 7 days a week. Their ministry expanded to providing diapers, baby care and personal hygiene items.
The UMW also assembled Easter bags for 14 of our homebound folks, members of our congregation who are now unable to be out and about. The bags contained devotionals, chocolate bunnies, sugar-free candy and an original Jack King wooden cross. The homebound Easter bags were delivered to Ashburn, Hillsboro, and Lucketts and back to Leesburg in " quite a run of the county" but what a great blessing it was to see members of our congregation in person, and share the joy of Easter and let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.
Supplies and volunteers were gathered via Sign-Up Genius showing how we can be together in mission while we are apart. Even in times of physical distance, our Christ-centered relationship with our community can withstand the separation. Thanks to the generosity and heartfelt thinking of so many; Many hands make light work!
Many thanks to Betsy Creamer and Erica Dobsha for heading up the mission, for the donations of our members, and for Betsy’s, Amber King’s and Nancy Wolford’s delivery of the bags!