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Christine Miller-Marcin, a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church, formed the Feed the Children Heart and Soul Ministry in 2012. The ministry’s first volunteers came from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church in Lewes. From then to now, volunteers continue to act on the projects listed in this folder.
Primeros Pasos, Georgetown, Delaware. From October through June, volunteers prepare a home cooked meal once a week for 21 children in this multicultural preschool. In the beginning, the ministry provided weekend backpacks of food for eight of the children in food-insecure households. This year, Chris cooperated with the Delaware Food Bank and arranged for 21 children to receive backpacks of food.
Cape Henlopen Community Bookmobile, Rehoboth and Lewes, Delaware. Chris partnered with the Dept. of Education’s summer food service program to coordinate books with meals. She and her volunteers travel with the bookmobile and serve food to children, 18 and under, in four underserved communities in the Rehoboth and Lewes area. Volunteers interact with the 60 children participating in this food program by playing games, reading or conversing.
Angel Tree-Nearby Communities. At Christmas, 120 gifts are collected from members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Kindness Committee of the Villages of Herring Creek (a new supporter!). The gifts are given to needy children and adults at Primeros Pasos and the Community Resource Center. Donors take an angel from a tree which has information about the need of the recipient. The donor buys the gift, wraps it, places the angel on it so one knows who should receive it, and takes it to the church.
Coat Drive-Nearby Communities. When cold weather approaches, the ministry collects gently-used or new coats, hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves for the Community Resource Center, Emmanuel Homeless Shelter, Home of the Brave, and Primeros Pasos.
Mobile Food Pantry-Georgetown, Delaware. Chris cooperated with the Delaware Food Bank and began a mobile food pantry at Primeros Pasos that provides 100 pounds of food (each) to 49 families in the area surrounding Georgetown. The ministry’s volunteers help at the site.
School Supplies & Books Drive. Every summer, school supplies and books are collected for the children at Primeros Pasos and the children who are fed during the summer food program.
Chris received an award at the 2016 Delaware State Fair for her pickles! She and her volunteers got together and canned St. Peter’s Divine Bread and Butter Pickles which will soon be sold to raise funds for Feed the Children Heart and Soul Ministry. The ministry planned the Pasta for a Purpose dinner fundraiser in November.
Chris and her Feed the Children Heart and Soul ministry have affected hundreds to thousands of lives, have a cadre of approximately 50 volunteers, and have raised approximately $11,000 from donations and fundraisers. When collecting books, school supplies, gifts at Christmas time, and warm clothing their supporters have been there for them and helped them reach their goal.
Chris has connected with the Ecclesia Worship Center in Dover and West Side New Beginnings in Rehoboth to discuss their needs.
of Feed the Children Heart and Soul ministry.