Our Hands-On Missions team supports local nursing homes, shut ins, and Hospice House patients with hand-made cards and care packages. This team also puts together personal hygiene care packages to support the Domestic Violence Program, Hope Mission Homeless Center, and Family Promise of Carteret County.
We have a team that travels to Ayden, NC a few times a month to work with NCPacks4Patriots. Our Hands-On Missions team makes cards for troops and bring them to NCPacks4Patriots where they are shipped overseas in care packages for deployed military personnel. We also help pack personal hygiene kits for soldiers in Combat duty that are distributed 2-3 times yearly.
Knitting and Prayer Shawl Ministry
Our Knitting Ministry hand-makes prayer shawls for those who have been hospitalized or are in recovery. They also knit lapghans made for local nursing home and oncology patients, as well as make children’s winter hats made for the local Head Start program.
Hurricane Relief Program
Our Hurricane Relief Program helps community members in need following a natural disaster. Our most recent project involved completing 25 buckets filled with hygiene items, tarps, mold killer, and other items necessary for post-hurricane cleanup.
Our Food Ministry hosts a monthly Buggy Day at the church, where we collect non-perishable food items to be distributed to local food pantries. This team also hosts local food drives that are sponsored by church members in their home neighborhoods. Food collected from these drives are also distributed to local food pantries and other community needs.
On August 27th Hurricane Laura hit the coast of Louisiana and Texas as a high category 4 with winds of up to 150 mph. The devastation there is heartbreaking to behold. Our own area is no stranger to hurricanes and the major cleanup and rebuilding it takes to bring a county back to normal. When they say ‘it takes a village…’, it really does, and then some – many villages - to donate essential items to those who lost everything, relief teams to help with demolition and tree removal, volunteers to offer assistance and comfort, supply food and water, and the commitment of many to work through the rebuilding process. After Hurricane Florence in 2018, Carteret County experienced all of this, and watched hundreds of volunteers come from numerous states to help in every way needed. This year, after Hurricane Laura in Louisiana, Mill Creek Fire Dept and EMS of Newport wanted to return some of that goodness and enlisted this area to help. A trip with supplies was arranged for just 5 days away, and the surrounding communities took the opportunity to help others in need. After just one call to the congregation on a Saturday afternoon with the plea for supplies to help in this relief effort, All Saints filled two pick up trucks and an SUV with needed supplies and enough cash donations to purchase a new generator. This type of response is the definition of local outreach. Below is an excerpt from a Facebook post by the Mill Creek Fire Department as they come back from their experience in Louisiana.
“It’s really hard to find the right words to say after being in Cameron Parish, Louisiana yesterday. I can only hope ENC never experiences what they are there after Hurricane Laura. We want everyone to know that every thing donated has made and will make a difference. They lost everything. … We got on the scales and after factoring out all the vehicles, Y’ALL donated a combined total of approximately 20,000 pounds in supplies in just 5 days. Incredible. With that being said you know we had to make a scene upon arrival at Hacketts Corner, Louisiana distribution site by getting the Uhaul stuck being so full! We are so thankful to have been able to bless these people and we couldn’t have done it without the help of you.