Thanks to all who made the Alternative Christmas Markets successful. We are grateful for your generous gifts. Thank you, too, for so generously donating to the Acts of Kindness project. Chaplains and volunteers gave a handmade afghan, quilt or fleece blanket to every in-patient at LAC+USC Hospital on December 23rd. It was a moving experience for both givers and receivers. Here are members of Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church blessing quilts they made for the project.
As you start the new year you may be thinking about how blessed you are and how you might give back to the least among us. There are a number of possibilities at AIN. If you have office or computer skills and regular availability, we have room for people to help with data entry and thank you letters. If you have a van or a truck, you can provide occasional transportation of larger items. If a short term commitment is more your style or if a small group is looking for a project (think required community service hours for high school graduation for instance) here are some other ways you can help:
- Organize a sweats and socks drive for the emergency department. Sometimes patients, especially homeless patients, come in wearing clothes that either need to be cut off or disposed of and AIN helps stock a locker with new sweats and socks for those patients to wear. Most wear L or XL, and men’s athletic socks.
- Create and fill hygiene bags for homeless patients. See details here.
- Organize a food certificate drive for Ralphs/Food4Less $10 certificates. When chaplains or social workers find that patients are without food or infant formula and there is not another program to refer them to quickly enough, we give $10 food certificates for an individual or each family member, up to $50/family. Over the past six months we have run out of food certificates several times. We are not equipped to distribute actual food but do very much need certificates to have on hand.