The 28th Annual Share the Bounty fundraiser will be held on November 9, 20181 at 7:00 pm.. This annual event is a major fundraiser for our Women of the ELCA – all of the money raised for this event goes to Holy Trinity’s needy family fund and helps to provide Christmas gifts for families in our community that otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas due to financial difficulties. It also provides assistance for those in need throughout the year.
Long time Holy Trinity member Laura Dwyer proposed the needy family fund to Pastor Seltz. It was established to minister in a Godly and loving manner to local families with special needs who have for whatever reason found themselves in financial crisis. It was meant to catch the people who “fall between the cracks” of the governmental system and be a “hand up, and not a hand out.” The fund provided food and gifts at Christmas and helped with temporary emergencies throughout the year as funds allowed.
The first year the Needy Family Fund was seeded by member donations. In 1991, continued funding was needed for the project, and four ladies put their heads together to find a way to raise money. Laura Dwyer, Phyllis Nader, Joan Newman and Doris Srock were instrumental in developing Share the Bounty. The idea was simple – sharing the goodness that God has so richly provided us so that we could help those in need.
The ladies sought donations of handmade crafts, new items and services to be offered in a ticket auction. Matching funds were requested from Aid Association for Lutherans. Rather than asking for donations of goodies to eat, it was decided that they would buy the fanciest sweets they could afford. This gave the ladies an opportunity to enjoy the evening without having to worry about preparing all the food.
Over the span of 26 years, we estimate that we’ve helped more than 250 families. In addition, the fund provides a way for our pastoral staff to assist people with emergency needs throughout the rest of the year.
We’ve worked with various social service agencies to find families in need. In the past, we’ve helped families through Salvation Army and Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. This year we will assist families from Salem Lutheran Church and Randolph Elementary School to help families within our own neighborhood.
Share the Bounty continues to be an enjoyable event for the members of Holy Trinity as well as others in our community. Thrivent Financial and its predecessor organizations always supported this fundraiser. We are looking for a Holy Trinity Member to sponsor a Thrivent Action Team.
You can help us this year by: Attending Share the Bounty – it promises to be a memorable evening; donating a handmade and new item as well as certificates for services; taking a tag from our Angel Tree – these are gifts for the children in the families we sponsor; or making a tax deductible donation to Holy Trinity’s Needy Family Fund.
Tickets are available at the church and at the door the night of the event. Tickets are $15.00 includes admission and 10 raffle tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Weinberg in the church office at 734-464-0211.