CSC was supported by Cub Scout Pack 125 this year in their annual food drive. The Cub Scouts collected over 15 bags of food prior to Thanksgiving for CSC to distribute to our clients! We appreciate their annual effort.

While Bishop Mary was visiting this month, a wonderful discussion occurred towards the end of coffee hour. The moment that captured my thoughts was when she mentioned “ripple effects” of a church community. Through Christian Social Concerns (CSC), there is a ripple effect that reaches across the Monterey Peninsula each time we provide our clients with a bag of food or emergency assistance.

That ripple effect goes out to our community when our volunteers interact with others in the community, when the Cub Scouts collect food and learn about helping others, when a client is able to be themselves and interact with us. All of these things have a ripple effect on how St. Mary’s through CSC is able to serve and how far it reaches.

Sometimes we are the beneficiaries of the ripple effect when First Presbyterian of Monterey sends us committed volunteers and brings us regular donations of food. Knowing we are not alone in helping clients encourages us and we are thankful for their dedication.

Be encouraged that when you donate money, time, non-perishable and unexpired food, unopened toiletries, and wearable clothing to CSC, you are part of the ripple effect that continues well outside the walls of St. Mary’s. You are part of a community of love and hope.

By Sarah Schramm