What We've Done
We remain active in trying to reach as many in need as we can. These
organizations have benefited from our efforts.
Angel Tree Christmas
December 2021: 81 children gifted.
Angel Tree Christmas mobilizes local churches and community organizations to give hundreds of thousands of children a gift, the Gospel message, and a personal message of love on behalf of their incarcerated parent.
For additional information about the Angel Tree Christmas, click here to visit their website.
Blessing Tree for Zuni Elementary
December 2021: 15 children gifted
We had a special opportunity to bless kids at Zuni and our community this past Christmas with gifts. Congregants were able to choose gifts from Blessing Trees for specific children at Zuni Elementary and others in our community at St. John's.
Blue Star Mothers
January 2022: Collected approximately 40 pounds of foot warmers, hand warmers, hot chocolate, chapstick, dental floss, and wet wipes.
Blue Star Mothers are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. We support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Click here to visit their website.
The staff and volunteers have a mission for Family Promise of Albuquerque: To empower families in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho communities who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness and to achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
St. John's next hosting rotation for Family Promise will be determined soon. The families are still at Church of the Good Shepherd (on Tennyson, near Tramway & Paseo). We will be providing dinners each of the evenings, Sunday - Saturday and washing bed linens.
January 2022: Prepared and delivered dinner meals for three families during week of January 16-22
Food Boxes for John Marshall Community Center
December 2021: 60 food boxes
December 2020: 60 food boxes
December 2019: 64 food boxes
December 2018: 52 food boxes
The adult Sunday School Classes of St. John's, as well as other interested church members, are invited to participate in our program of providing Christmas food boxes to needy families served by the John Marshall Community Center in the south Broadway area of Albuquerque. The Center reaches out to families in the area who use their services. The need is tremendous and our participation is much appreciated.
Click here for the list of suggested food items for the boxes.
October 2021: participated in Trunk or Treat event to benefit Locker #505 plus contributed three bags of new socks and underwear.
September 2021: UMW Celebration Circle sorted clothing at Locker #505.
This is a student clothing bank collecting new or gently used clothing for children in Bernalillo County. For additional information about the phenomenal work done by Locker #505, check out their website.
March 2022: Donated 30 rolls paper towels, 69 rolls of toilet paper, 29 packages of facial tissue, 57 packages of plastic wrap / foil and 14 packages of trash bags.
February 2022: Donated 5 crates of non-perishable food items for distribution.
January 2022: Collected assortment of socks, gloves, shawls, hats, and lap blankets for the low-income seniors served by Silver Horizons.
November/December 2021: Collected 200 pounds of non-perishable food and non-food items.
December 2021: Collected $5797 towards purchase of storage container for Silver Horizons.
Silver Horizons assists low-income seniors (50 years and older), many of whom are raising grandchildren and existing on as low as $700 per month, meet their basic needs and maintain a quality standard of living. Silver Horizons does not receive funding from the State of New Mexico, the County of Bernalillo, or from the City of Albuquerque. Silver Horizons exists because of donations from individuals, local businesses, and private foundations. They do receive some FEMA funds from the Federal Government.
For more information about Silver Horizons or for someone who might be in need of their services, click here to visit their website.
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Gifts for Zuni Elementary and St. John's Preschool Plus
February 2022: Delivered kitchen mitts, spatulas and cookie mixes to 52 teachers and staff.
December 2021: Delivered scented candles to 51 teachers and staff.
A group of retired elementary school teachers from St. John's gets together 4-5 times during the school year to assemble small appreciation gifts for the teachers and staff at Zuni Elementary and St. John's Preschool Plus. In addition, homemade birthday cards are given to each member of the schools' staff monthly including 6-month birthday cards for those with summer birthdays!
Weekend Meal Bags for Zuni Elementary
January 2022: Collected 65 pounds of single-serve food items for use in the Weekend Meal Bags
March 2022: Collected 70 pounds of single-serve lunch items for use tine the Weekend Meal Bags.
This is our opportunity to help our neighborhood. Zuni Elementary has reached out to St. John's for weekend meal bags for 40 children each week. For a complete list of the pop-top, single-serve items we put in the weekend meal bags, click here.