Diapers size 5
We are gearing up for Christmas and we need gifts for children ($25-$30) and gifts for adults ($10). We are giving the price range so the gifts are comparable. Click on the PDF button for suggestions.
Volunteers for the clothing bank--Tuesday 9:30-11:30 or 11:30 to 1:30
(Click on the button and download the volunteer application!)
Check this out for a way to prepare for Christmas!
Thanks for your faithful giving to help our clients!
We love your donations, but we would appreciate it if they are clean so our volunteers are able to make them available to our clients immediately. Thank you so much.
We are no longer open on Wednesday evening.
Check out why you should volunteer as a senior, then go to our volunteer page to see how you can volunteer at New Hope.
Read: Why you should Volunteer
Kudos to the North County Food Pantry! Their garden produced 5,160 pounds of fresh produce through the season.
A record crop!
News from the Food Pantry December 2020
Following a request in last month’s Elk Sentinel for non-food donations like toiletries, paper products, and household cleaning supplies, Pantry volunteers were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community! We received donations of laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, body wash, bar soap…and much more. These items are often difficult for families to afford during periods of unemployment, increased utility cost, or illness. Thank you to the many friends of our local Food Pantry.
Several significant cash donations were also made in the last month. One individual wanted to remain anonymous and simply described this donation as a gift from God. We certainly agree! The Deer Park Rotary made a generous cash donation as well. Cash gifts will be used to purchase food at greatly reduced costs from suppliers like Second Harvest and Northwest Harvest, and to cover our significant month utility bill.
The Pantry was recently able to purchase a new 4-door reach-in freezer. Funding for this freezer came from a Washington State program that pays for upgrades in food bank equipment. Over the years, this money has allowed us to add heavy-duty shelving, a floor scale and now a new freezer. Additional freezer space allows us to stay in compliance with health guidelines for safe food storage.
As the weather becomes colder and as COVID continues to be a significant health issue, The Pantry is modifying how we distribute food. Beginning in early December, clients will no longer have to get out of their cars or wait in the cold to receive food. Instead, clients will be asked to call the Pantry upon arrival. The phone number will be prominently posted on sandwich boards in our parking lot. After checking in, clients will be called back within a few minutes to individualize their order. Volunteers will deliver the food to clients' vehicles. This is intended to protect our clients from the risk of cold weather, icy walkways, and potential exposure to illness. We appreciate your patience as we work out any unexpected “bugs” in this new procedure.
Lastly, the Pantry’s distribution for Tom’s Turkeys and all the fixings for Thanksgiving was a huge success. Before the first turkey was distributed, an army of volunteers unloaded pallets of food delivered by Food Services of America. Volunteers cheerfully welcomed hundreds of cars in this drive-by giveaway. Others helped with set-up, directed traffic, and loaded food into waiting cars. Special thanks to students at Riverside HS and SCOPE volunteers for assisting us this year. This distribution was much different than it has been in the past, but the gratitude of those who received and the joy of those who served remained the same.
New Hope loves donations! Many donations are left after hours. If you are leaving donations after hours please make sure they are under our roof or under the youth house deck roof. If they are out in the rain and snow it will ruin many of the donations.