Aid for Friends (AFF)
In January 2005, an Outreach Ministry was developed to reach out to the less fortunate in various ways. The first opportunity began with the preparation of meals at church for delivery to Aid for Friends, an organization that distributes meals to the needy and isolated shut-ins in the Greater Philadelphia region. Support for this outreach is fully funded by donations from members of our church community. As of 2014, more than 5000 meals have been prepared by our volunteers.
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep…”
Operation Christmas Child (OCC)
In the Fall of 2005, The Outreach Ministry embarked on a second outreach – this one specifically for children. Each October our parish begins filling shoeboxes for children for a project called Operation Christmas Child, which is under the auspices of Samaritan’s Purse. The shoeboxes are filled with necessities, small games, items of personal hygiene, school supplies, etc. – as much as can fill a standard shoebox. The shoeboxes are delivered to a selected drop-off location where they are ultimately shipped by Samaritan’s Purse to underprivileged countries all over the world. Of great joy to our community is that Armenia is one of the countries designated by Samaritan’s Purse to receive shoeboxes each year. We had the additional pleasure of meeting – in our parish – one of the children in Armenia who received a shoebox when she was a youngster. As of 2014, 723 have been filled by our community and shipped all over the world.
Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me…”
For information to participate in either of these efforts, please contact Jeanette Der Hagopian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-206-0440.