Deacon’s Page – So you want to help?

How can I help?

We often get phone calls and email inquiries from folks that are looking for ways to assist the less fortunate of our town. We are grateful for your heart to serve, so please read on.

St. John’s Norristown is the Episcopal church located at 23 E. Airy St.We are the oldest church in town, and if you know Norristown then it is obvious that we are in the heart of it, situated near the Courthouse and the Library.

For decades, St.John’s has served and provided a place for a luncheon meal to those with food insecurity. Currently this is in excess of 160 meals, four days per week.

The Hospitality Center is located on St. John’s campus. This is an independently run place where folks can gather in from seven a.m. to three p.m., six days per week. About ninety people per day benefit from daily devotional time, case management, breakfast, showers and a safe place to rest. They also can utilize the computer bank to complete day-to-day needs.

The clergy and staff are constantly in the midst of this community. We come together for prayer time, and the church is available to them. Because we know them, we are aware of their needs, their struggles and their concerns.

The lists below have been put together from our awareness of those needs. If you choose to contribute, please know that your gifts will be distributed with great care and love, and on as-needed basis.

Although these lists were thoughtfully prepared to be as comprehensive as possible, we don’t want to exclude your inspired ideas. So, feel free to contact us to discuss.

Here is some contact information:

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Deacon: Dennis Coleman

This would be a great big help…
We are trying to improve the gap on two much needed items. 
Will you have a clothes drive at your church or with your coworkers? But our need is specific, in two areas.
-Organize a BlueJeans Drive.
Ask everyone to donate one pair of jeans in whatever size they wear. Either send us a gently used pair, or buy a new pair in your size. Alternatively, donate those jeans in the back of your closet that you know that you’re never really going to fit in again.
-Donate a winter coat, a nice one from your closet.

We also suggest putting together “Blessing Bags,” identified as for Men or Women, with items from the following lists. Alternatively, you might just want to provide a bunch of a few items, to be given out as needed. 

We highly recommend that you consider coming to a Saturday breakfast, to meet the folks that you are serving. 

For Men For Women
Baby Wipes or Face Wipes Baby Wipes or Face Wipes
Toothpaste Toothpaste
Small First Aid Kit or Band-Aids Small First Aid Kit or Band-Aids
Tissues Tissues
Toilet Paper Toilet Paper
Chapstick Chapstick
Toothbrush Toothbrush
Toothpaste Toothpaste
Comb Comb and brush
Socks Socks
Wool cap in winter Lotion
Triple Antibiotic cream Menstrual Pads or Tampons
Disposable Razors Triple Antibiotic cream
Shaving Gel Nail Clippers
Nail Clippers  
Ibuprofen Ibuprofen
Note of encouragement, signed Note of encouragement, signed
Work Gloves  

Snack bags.                                                      We always need

Granola bars

Fruit Rollups

Mens and women’s socks.
Mens and women’s underwear, assorted sizes.
Tuna Blankets
Cheese or Peanut Butter Crackers Diapers – All sizes!
Bottled water Sleeping Bags
Cough drops

Beef Jerky

Septa Tokens
Local Grocery Store Gift Cards