In observation of the 40 days of Lent, the Noyes Family Foundation will give back to the community each Friday during Lent by giving 40 items to various charities helping others in need. Here is what the Foundation did for their Lent Event:
First Week of Lent:
The Noyes Family Foundation gave 40 cans of soup to Dunedin Cares Food Pantry. Dunedin Cares has been providing food to those in need since 2015. Since opening in 2015, Dunedin Cares has distributed 103 tons of food to those in need.
Second Week of Lent:
Each Friday in Lent, the Foundation is giving back to the communities in terms of 40 (to remember the 40 days of Lent). For the second week of Lent, Noyes Family Foundation Lent Event donated 40 bottles of shampoos to the Joy of the Gospel Ministries.
The Joy of the Gospel Ministries works directly with the poor and distressed. Every Monday, the volunteers provide a dinner and packed lunch. Joy of the Gospel Ministries also provides clothing, shoes, blankets, personal hygiene items and other products. If you are interested in helping this wonderful organization, please contact Sharon Andress at 727-392-0696.
Third Week of Lent:
Pinellas Hope provides a safe living environment and the necessary support for homeless adults to become self-sufficient. Since its formation, Pinellas Hope has served nearly 10,000 people and served over 1.5 million meals.
You don’t have to be a Foundation or even donate 40 pairs of socks to make a difference in your community. Next time you buy a pack of six pairs of socks, keep 5 and donate the 6th to a homeless shelter. Remember, that is one more pair of socks they had before you gave.
Fourth Week of Lent:
In observation of the fourth week of Lent, the Noyes Family donated 40 books to school age children who otherwise may not be able to afford a book for themselves. With teachers in the family, the Noyes family understands the importance of a good education, and the Noyes Family Foundation wants to do its part to help the children in our community.
Fifth Week of Lent:
Did you know there are more than 4,300 homeless children in Pinellas County schools? The Noyes Family Foundation didn’t know either. So, for the fifth week of Lent, the Noyes Family Foundation reached out the HEAT program in Pinellas County Schools to see what they could you. In response, in observation of the 40 days of Lent, the Noyes Family Foundation donated 40 school binders and tabs for the students in the HEAT program.
Sixth Week of Lent:
The Noyes Family Foundation has been observing the 40 days of Lent by giving back to the community each Friday with a 40’s theme.
This week’s Lenten Event was a donation of 40 boxes of cold cereal to Countryside Cares. This idea was inspired by Iliana Gorshe, a first grader at Garrison Jones Elementary School, who spear-headed a school project that resulted in over 600 boxes of cereal to be donated to a local food bank.
Countryside Cares maintains the food pantry, Helping Hands as an outreach service to those in need. The program encourages and provides homeless and low-income families with the tools needed to become independent and productive members of the community.
We have two hands for a reason — one to reach out when in need and the other to extend when others are in need.
Final Week of Lent (Good Friday):
For the final Friday of Lent, the Noyes Family Foundation compiled 40 Blessing Bags for those at the Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission in St. Petersburg.
Each Blessing Bag contained a poncho, shavers, instant coffee, soaps and lotions and a certificate for a McDonald’s extra value meal.
The Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission has been serving the hungry, the needy and the homeless for 25 years!
As we come to the end of our Lenten Event, the Noyes Family Foundation feels blessed to have been able to help those who help others over the past several weeks.