We often get requests for help from people in the community who are struggling to find money to eat or for gas and utilities. We refer people to Hopelink. But the staff has decided that the best way to try and meet some of the need is to have gift cards to Safeway on hand. Folks can purchase food and gas at a lot of Safeways. The suggested amount is $25 or less.
Visa gift cards actually cost the purchaser $3.95 in addition to whatever amount they load the card with. And, before it can be used, it has to be activated by phone or computer. Many folks in need do not have access to either.
If you would like to contribute cards, just purchase them at Safeway. You can get an “in kind” contribution form at the church office for the card that is then tax deductible.
Thank you for your help in responding to these needs.
Peace, Shalom, Salaam,