What is done with the food that is donated?
Currently, food that is donated is given to two Day Centres located in Portlaoise. These food items are distributed by the centres to children in need who access the centres throughout the year, primarily as they return from Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays, as well as, during summer camps run by the centres.
Families in need within the church are also assisted with food parcels, when supplies are available, for a short period of time upon request.
How Can I Help?
If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please bring non-perishable items to Life Church. Collection boxes are in the church entry. A few items requested include: canned goods, jams, teas, cereal boxes and oatmeal, sugar, baby formulas, healthy snack foods, etc. If you would like to make a cash donation to this project, please speak with Breda.
Christmas Hampers Initiative
Over the past four years, Life church has donated approximately 10 Christmas Hampers each year to bless families in our community. These are delivered to a local community centre for distribution to specially chosen families in the area. The remaining hampers were donated to a few selected families and individuals in need at the request of members of Life Church.
School Supplies Initiative
Life Church runs a drive each year to collect school supplies for children in need within the Portlaoise Community.
At this point donated items are given to approximately 40 primary, and 10 secondary school aged children.
Requested supplies to be donated are:
- Hardback copies
- Plastic folders
- A4 refill pads
- Sum Copybooks
- Script Copybooks
- Long Rulers
- Coloured Pencils
- Pencil cases
In mid-July it is announced in Life church that we are beginning to receive donations. We start receiving school items or cash donations the following Sunday and continue for four weeks. At the end of the allotted time, items are collected and the cash donations are used to purchase the final supplies which are then delivered to the three community centres as they open after summer holidays.