|Posted on January 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM|
The ROC Report #8
On June 7, 2012 the first ROC Report was sent out. So much has happened during this first six months of operation and God has blessed us with so many wonderful leaders and volunteers!
The Totes of Hope to the schools has been on Christmas Vacation but will start up again this week as the children have returned to school. Kim is well and will be working with the volunteers this Thursday morning to get things packed up and delivered to the three elementary schools. Our last delivery was 227 packages of food. We’ll see what the school counselors need now that the Christmas break is over.
Elaine Cloninger is our Angel Tree leader. She had some wonderful volunteers who helped her place the trees and collection boxes at the two Alpine Banks, City Market and two restaurants in town. They also took registration requests from parents, distributed and collected the angels from the locations. The gifts were collected and sorted according to requests, packaged up in Christmas gift bags and then taken to the Rifle Public Library for distribution on December 15. My, this was a lot of work! Twelve volunteers showed up at the library to transport and then deliver the gifts to the parents who were thrilled. Elaine and her crew provided gifts for 150 children that morning! Good job, everyone! Thanks so much.
I want to give a special thank you to Veronica Espino who helped me put together last minute gifts for a family with 8 children who had no gifts. I got the call on December 23 and since I had not been involved in putting together the gifts had no idea where to begin. Elaine was away visiting family for the holidays. Veronica said she would meet me when she got off work at 6:30 PM. Thanks to her expeertise I was able to deliver these gifts plus 5 boxes of food put together by Darliene Gall at the SDA Community Service Center. This family was so grateful to have food and presents for their children. I praise God that The ROC was able to help them!!
In the wake of the December 14 shooting tragedy at the Sandy Creek Elementary School in CT, I knew that all the schools in the country would feel uneasy and be on guard when school resumed on Monday. I visited the three elementary schools in Rifle that morning and offered to the principals whatever assistance the ROC might be able to offer them. Each of them had implemented extra security cautions. Within the hour after I had visited I got a call from one of the principals requesting volunteers to provide extra lunch room and play ground supervision for that week. The local college students doing their student teaching usually helped with that but they had already gone on Christmas break. So I sent out the word and Chantelle Wilson responded immediately as was able to go with me that very day to help out at the school; she on the play ground and I in the lunch room. The following day Jeanne and I helped in the lunch room. It was a lot of fun and the school really appreciated the support.
I thank many of you who have supported The ROC last year with your financial gift. This is what allowed us to do these things. I hope that many of you will consider becoming a part of the team even though you may not be able to volunteer on site. The $10 a month club is easy for most and a sacrifice for some. Please consider it. If, as God blesses you, you can do more then we can do more.
Specific Prayer needs:
1. Jeanne is busy writing grants beginning this month. Pray that that endeavor will be successful.
2. The ROC needs a Senior Assistance Team Leader.
3. We also need a PR person who will help keep the community informed about our activities.
“Working together to help each other” in 2013. May God be with us!