The Framingham 1st Ward’s current Humanitarian Service contains an example of how consistent service to an organization can open up more opportunities to serve. The LDS Missionaries assigned to the Framingham 1st Ward volunteer twice a week with the local Salvation Army, assisting community members at the Food Pantry Market. Their ongoing commitment and dependability in this assignment has deepened and strengthened the ward’s relationship with the Salvation Army, which has led to other service projects for the Relief Society, such as Backpack Drives filled with School Supplies for children in need, literacy events, and helping transport donated food items from grocery stores to the organization.
The other weekly service carried out by Missionaries in the ward is helping set-up and break-down the vendor tents at the Ashland Farmer’s Market every Saturday. This is a very well-attended market, so it is a great place for the Elders to be serving!
Relief Society Sisters have supported Early Intervention in Waltham by assembling and donating 54 “Birthday Boxes” with many items for children in need to celebrate their Birthdays.
Finally, working with Ascentria Care Alliance (http://www.ascentria.org/our-services), the sisters carried out a Virtual Baby Shower for a pregnant refugee woman from Eritrea, providing her with much-needed items, including diapers, baby clothes, and a stroller. Often pregnant refugee women are far from family support of any kind, and know few people in their new area. So these Virtual Baby Showers are much-appreciated.
Framingham 1st Ward!