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2018 Annual Report

Submitted by Sharon Corthouts

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Our donations and accomplishments this past year reflect our philosophy of helping people and families in need, most especially children, locally, statewide and throughout the world.

The Special Envelope Donations for 2018
Souper Bowl Sunday Winsted Soup Kitchen $273
Ash Wednesday Heifer $393
Good Friday The Anglican Church in Jerusalem $123
Easter Sunday The Salvation Army $136
Ascension Day Heads Up! Hartford $100
Trinity Sunday

Miriam's Closet

All Saints Day Camp Washington $226
Thanksgiving Focus on Canton $172
Christmas Winsted Soup Kitchen $505

In 2018 monies were allocated in Trinity’s budget for the Outreach Committee to give grants to specific organizations/ministries in addition to the Special Envelope collections. Grants were given to Camp Hispaniola of $1,000.00 and to Episcopal Relief and Development of $1,000.00 with specific designation to ERD’s ongoing hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

We continued our commitment to providing meals to Lunch in the Park on a quarterly basis, as there is no meal available otherwise to the homeless in Hartford on Saturdays. With the help and contributions of many parishioners, we provided and distributed 70-100 bag meals to the homeless at Bushnell Park on February 3, June 2, September 29, and December 29.

In the spring, the Outreach Committee made and delivered ‘goody bags’ for homebound parishioners to let them know they are missed.  In December homebound parishioners also received a ‘goody bag’. These efforts were done in love and to let Trinity members know they are lifted in prayer and thought.

In November, Laurie Barnhart, Julia Wholey and Peg Pinton chaired the Quality Street Fair. A host of other parishioners participated in a multitude of ways to make this annual fund raising a huge success.  $6,600.00 was raised and divided between the Canton Food and Fuel Banks.  

In December Trinity participated in collecting items for the Boot Party—a North Central Region event that provided footcare, clean socks, and boots to Hartford’s homeless. This year congregations were asked to provide personal care packages of waterproof gloves, soap, hand lotion and deodorant for men and women. Camden Hegarty led much of this effort of gathering Trinity’s packages together with many parishioners who made it possible for us to deliver 32 personal care packages to Christ Church Cathedral. Churches from all around the North Central Region provided these packages which were distributed to guests on December 8.

In place of the traditional Christmas giving tree, the Outreach Committee asked Trinity members to offer gifts for adults to Gifts for Canton which is hosted at Trinity. For this event Trinity’s Parish Hall is turned into a toy store/gift shop for all ages through contributions of the wider Canton community. This program provides a way for Canton Food Bank clients and other Canton residents to “shop” for free in Trinity’s Parish Hall for Christmas items that would be difficult for them to afford. 

The Canton Food Bank, operating out of Trinity, continues to feed many of our Canton neighbors. We ask that you continue to remember to pick up non-perishable food items when you are shopping and drop them in the basket on your way in to church.

We gratefully thank all who help support the Outreach Committee efforts by filling Special giving envelopes and participating in the many ways we reach out to those in great need. You help us to live into the way of love that Jesus calls us to embrace. Your committee members include Sandra Richardson, Roseann Kitching, and Sharon Corthouts. If you’re interested in joining us, please be in touch!

Respectfully submitted,
Sharon Corthouts, Chair

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