Churches are always a great place to look for people helping other people, and the Community Lutheran Church in Frankford is no exception. They have a whole team of volunteers who make it their goal to carry love, care and concern for others into the community. Bill and Pat Carroll, Carol Clarke, John Dillard, Doris Egbert, Janis Fabian, Jean Layton and Barbara Levine are the masterminds behind the churches various projects, and they like to keep themselves busy.
Pastor Betty Wolinski explained that until recently, the church had been running a soup kitchen on Mondays.
“We ran the kitchen on grant funds” she said. “One of the understandings was that we would be able to feed the community, but we were only feeding about six to nine people. We had thought originally that we would be able to feed homeless folk and people in need, but we’re on a corner where you need a car to get to us. In order to keep getting grant funding, we need to stick to the grant agreement that we would use the money to work within the community.”
In order to comply with the conditions of the grant, which is provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the money will be applied to a new project which helps provide clothing for local children.
“We’re helping over at Frankford School doing a kids’ clothes closet.” said Fabian. The first closet was hosted Oct. 15th. “Kids were invited to come down to the gym where we had tables set up and they could take whatever they needed.”
While the first closet used only donations from church members, and clothing items purchased with the grant funds “for the December 11th closet we’re trying to get a grant from Nike to put shoes on all 525 children” Fabian says. “We even have clothes for the parents. We want to be able to help anyone in need.”
“We’ve been talking to the guidance counselor, and 85 percent of the children are qualified for free or reduced lunches. In the whole district the average is 44 percent. Lunch is the last good meal some of these children have, so we’re trying to start a food drive to send kids home with some healthy snacks.”
The church plans more than snacks, however. They donate monthly to the Food Pantry in Selbyville as well as the Ark of Refuge shelter in Millsboro. They also baked cookies for the troops and will be sending out gift cards to grocery stores at both Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
In March the church collected nine bags of supplies for classrooms, such as tissues and hand wipes, as well as a box of craft supplies. Eleven backpacks with pencils, notebooks and art supplies were also filled to the brim last May, decorated, and sent to Frankford children. The congregation also collects gently used books which are given to local police stations. The officers then distribute these books while they are out on patrol, helping children learn that the police are the good guys. “When a passion hits us, we’re going for it,” exclaimed Carroll.
Anyone is welcome to assist the Community Lutheran Church in their ongoing charitable activities. Simply call the church office at (302) 732-1156 and leave a message for Barbara or Janice. Information about the church itself can be found online at www.clc19945.org.