Sunday school gathering: Socks and Supper

Mission | December 1, 2015

An intergenerational effort will help ensure that students at J.B. Young K-8 School have socks to keep feet warm and food to keep bellies fed over the Christmas break.

Socks and Supper will partner Sunday school kids, the Neighborhood Schools Partnership, the Anna Circle from the Women of the ELCA, and St. Paul Youth.

“We are called to do the work God needs us to do,” said Dana Welser, Neighborhood Schools Partnership coordinator. “That’s what Socks and Supper represents.”

The donation is one way that St. Paul partners with J.B. Young. The school will be closing at the end of the year, with discussions underway about how it will be utilized in the future. Options included moving specialized programs to the school, opening a community center, and moving the school district’s administrative offices to the building.

Here’s how Socks and Supper will work:
Children age 3-12th grade are invited to bring the following items to Sunday School the first two Sundays in December. Donations can be placed on tables in the Education Wing.
■ Dec. 6: Socks (sizes children-adult)
■ Dec. 13: Soup, chili, stew, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chicken.

St. Paul Youth will sort the donations during Sunday Night Live on Dec. 13.

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, members of the Anna Circle will bring cereal and other easy-to-make food items. In combination with food purchased by St. Paul’s Neighborhood Schools Partnership, circle members will put all of the food in bags for J.B. Young families.

The crew of women will deliver the food and socks, along with books donated by the St. Paul Book Corner, to J.B. Young. A staff member will then take the bags to family homes.

“The delivery of these donations is at the beginning of winter break, a time when children are not in school and thus miss the school breakfast and lunch,” Dana said.

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