Tis’ the Season for giving thanks and giving back. Our supporters and donors have been truly generous this season.
Dr. Irwin and the rest of the Medical Missionaries staff are so grateful for the heartfelt response to our Annual Appeal letter!
Read on for this month’s updates.
A Special Thank You to all who contributed to and supported the Holiday Drive for the Rocklick Community in Grundy, Va!
A trailer-load of holiday gifts for people of all ages, food items and warm winter coats were driven to Grundy, Va. on December 10th by Dr. George Bazaco and his steadfast friend Greg. All the holiday goodies will ensure that the community will be warm and cozy for Christmas! Our coordinators, Pat and Jerry Skeens, told us that their Holiday Giving was held on Friday, December 23rd. We can’t wait for their photos!
Supplies and Equipment In and Out
Local need and distribution of items such as adult and baby diapers, wheelchairs and other pieces of equipment continues rise. Thanks to you, we have donors stopping by with donations every day. Of particular note, we want to give a big shout out to the Herndon Women’s Club who have been so generous in their donations.
We also have many examples of individuals seeing a need and taking action. A recent donor came by with boxes of new toys that she collects throughout the year from special Amazon deals. She was so inspired by our efforts for the children’s toy drive that she returned several times with additional items.
Food is Always Needed
Many food pantries in the area are struggling to keep up with the demand for food aid. As the new year approaches we are working on replenishing our stock. Please be generous and give what you can to help those without. Check out our list of needed items. You can also order items from Amazon, and they will deliver directly to our office. You can also drop off items at our Manassas office which is available 24/7.
Hygiene Supplies Are Needed!
We have packed up almost all the donated supplies that were in the office (thanks to our youth volunteer Sammie) so our supply is running low. We are currently asking for:
- 5-6 ounce toothpaste tubes
- dental floss
Hearts Afire! is a social group of special needs young people from All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas. The group chose Medical Missionaries for their Advent kindness project. Their motto is “Faith, Friends and Fun!”. Together they gathered and packed hygiene items into kits. The kits are now ready to be distributed. The group was so excited to present their Kindness Project to our volunteer, Christine DiStasio. Their hearts are truly afire in the spirit of the season!
St. Luke’s Church
Many thanks to this generous group of parishioners who donated 32 packets of hygiene items for various Medical Missionaries’ projects.
We are always looking for generous communities that can help us in our mission of helping the poorest of the poor. Reach out to our office to organize a drive or fund raiser!
Sammie is one of our most devoted youth volunteers! Whenever she is in town from Indiana, she comes into the Medical Missionaries office and helps sort donations and pack boxes. Like her grandparents, Melanie and Tom Ebert, she is a super volunteer
Sammie attends Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School in Fishers, IN as an eighth grader. Sammie is a talented performer and will be playing the part of “Hannah” in the musical Newsies. Good luck to Sammie!
Sammie shared that it feels good to know that what she does at the MM office has a positive impact in many communities. We love when she comes to town to visit!
Thank you to Bill Bruch, Ron Colan and Julian Cole for their work at Medical Equipment Support Supplies (MESS). We are happy to have them as partners.
It is great to see them getting recognized in Ashby Ponds Senior Living Community Newsletter. Thank you for your contributions to Medical Missionaries!