Community outreach

The boat was delivered!

A day at work took a slight twist at Deep Water church on Monday November 6, when the leadership team walked down the steps with a canoe full of hats and mitts. The boat was loaded down and overflowing as the staff carried it out of the church. They proceeded to carry the boatload of warmth to Joseph Howe Elementary School. image5

 

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A month ago Deep Water Church set a goal to collect 217 hats and mitts. The final count of donations totalled 378 hats, 322 mitts, 50 scarves and 31 ball caps. This far exceeded the original goal!

The generosity of the church was much appreciated at the North End School. The school tweeted out a picture of the drop off and a "Thanks a bunch" to Deep Water, and this was retweeted by the Halifax Regional School Board who wrote "Our schools have wonderful community partners!"

Deep Water staff had sorted the hats and mittens into bags according to size to make it easier for kids to find what they needed. When one of the teachers saw the bag of brand new ball caps she exclaimed "Oooooh, you do not know what you've started.  The older boys are going to LOVE these." The plan was mostly likely to hide these away to use as prizes throughout the year.

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A boatload of warmth

As the cold weather fast approaches we begin replacing our sandals and shorts for warm hats and mitts. Unfortunately there are kids in the Deep Water community who go to school without these basic winter clothes. Just minutes away from Deep Water Church is Joseph Howe Elementary School. Children in this area often come from low income households, including new Canadians not used to our cold climate. Deep Water feels strongly that they can meet the need of these community members by equipping the kids with hats and mitts. A boat was set up at the front of the church and people were asked to donate hats and mitts for kids at the school. The goal of this project is to collect 217 pairs of mitts and 217 hats.

For the past several weeks Deep Water attendees have answered the call and have purchased and gathered an abundance of hats and mittens. 6 church members have been spending their time knitting pairs from scratch. Kids and adults of all ages have been a part of the donating, and as of November 3, 212 hats and 183 sets of mittens have been collected.  17 scarves/neck/head warmers and 31 ball caps have also been donated to the boatload.

Members of Deep Water, don't forget that today (Sunday, Nov.5) is the last day to bring in donations!

The boatload will be delivered by Deep Water staff on November 6. What better way to show Christ's love in action than wrapping neighbourhood children in winter warmth.

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