SPARTANBURG—Older adults at Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church donated Backpacks for the Homeless during Advent as a way to show love to the needy during the holidays.
The outreach project was organized by Mary Taylor, coordinator for Silver Hill’s older adult ministry.
Each backpack featured a screen-printed message stating, “God loves you and we do too! Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church.”
The backpacks were filled with toiletries, shirts, scarves, towels, gloves, socks, caps, first aid items and more, all donated by members of the older adult ministry. An invitation to attend Silver Hill Memorial UMC was also included in each backpack with information about the church and its ministries.
Members of the older adult ministry, along with college students of the church, packed 100 backpacks with these items during eight workshops.
SPIHN, Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, Divinity Care and Miracle Hill Rescue Mission received the backpacks for distribution to the homeless they serve.
“Members are energized and excited when there are opportunities to bless others by sharing their skills and talents with people in need,” Taylor said.
Older adult ministries at Silver Hill advocates for older adults via programs that address their spiritual and physical needs, safety, health and socialization.
For more on Silver Hill and its ministries: www.silverhillmumc.com.