Stewardship in the midst: New Philadelphia helps families in need

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Back in April, people at New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC, were reaching out to Clyde Manning, pastoral assistant, wanting to know if any families within the church had specific needs that others could fill.

“There was a strong desire to help families,” Clyde shared.

Since there wasn’t an urgent need within the congregation, Clyde began to explore the needs of South Fork, the community around the church, which includes South Fork Elementary School. Through a connection with a social worker in the school system, Clyde learned that Imprints Cares, an early childhood education nonprofit, serves families at South Fork Elementary.

Clyde spoke with an Imprints Cares employee and found the urgent need: diapers. “Of the 150 families served, half have a kid in diapers,” Clyde explained. “We decided to try to give each of the 75 families 25 diapers, so 1,875 total. A lofty but reachable goal.”

Clyde announced a three-day diaper drive during worship on April 26, sharing that people could drive by and drop off diapers on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. “We met our goal of 1,875 before lunchtime on Monday!” she exclaimed. “To see the joy of people dropping diapers off…they were overjoyed to provide for someone in need.”

Would you like guess how many diapers were donated for Imprints Cares? Drumroll, please…..11,576.

That’s right; 11,576!

Clyde said the next thing she heard from people at New Philadelphia was, “What else are we going to do?” People want to be generous and help others during this challenging time; stewardship is alive and flourishing in the midst!

When asked about Imprints Cares’ response to the overwhelming success of the diaper drive, Clyde shared that the staff member who was planning to bring 1 SUV to load them up laughed and said she’d bring 2 more SUVs. She also shared that a diaper recipient was a young mother who had been furloughed as a result of the pandemic. That mother told the Imprints Cares staffer, “My first thought was what am I going to do about diapers?” Thankfully she didn’t have to worry too long.

And in answer to the “What else are we going to do?” question, New Philadelphia just blessed its Blessing Box during worship on May 24 and has 768 food items ready to stock it. Funded by members of the congregation and built by Tim Reynolds, the box will sit on land between South Fork Elementary School and the church.

Food in the midst of hunger. Hope in the midst of sorrow. Stewardship in the midst of scarcity. Blessed to be a blessing indeed!

 

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Laura Watson

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Laura joined the Foundation in April of 2012. A native of Winston-Salem and member of Home Moravian Church, she has worked in the Florida school system, at Salem College, and as Assistant Director of Laurel Ridge, the Southern Province’s camp and conference center. When she’s not busy with stewardship for the Foundation, Laura enjoys running and fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as well as traveling with her husband, Mark. She has served on the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees, the Salem Academy Alumnae Board, and the Triad JDRF Board of Directors.
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