Host an Undie Sunday. Decorate a box or basket and announce socks and underwear will be collected then shipped to a charity. We distribute underwear to about 350 kids with school supplies and about 500 for Christmas. We try to give each person three pair of socks and three pair of undies.
Collects books/ school supplies or arts and crafts supplies. Be aware paper is heavy and you should ask for media mail to save money on shipping for books. We host scrapbook parties and have pictures printed and paper and embellishments provided for families to make their own scrapbooks.
Make an angel tree or a mitten tree to help with Christmas gifts. Remember to start early as it takes a long long time to complete a Christmas project and the sooner donated items are delivered to us the better! We also accept clothes and toys to distribute for Christmas and new clothes and shoes to deliver before school starts.
Collect Gift Certificates. This is a very easy and inexpensive way to help. We take kids shopping at Walmart, dollar stores, Kmart and for field trips to movies, bowling, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, etc. We spend a lot of money for office supplies so even Office Depot or Best Buy gift cards can be used immediately! Gift Certificates are easily mailed, they don't take up room in the church to store and no sorting is necessary!
Sponsor a child or the general fund each month. You will receive mailings detailing outreach activities and how your money helped. If you sponsor a child you will receive photos of that child. We depend on donations and without donors we cannot meet the needs of children.
Organize a work camp and visit our facilities. Paint, do construction, plant flowers, build picnic tables, sort clothes, make food boxes, do home repairs, wrap Christmas presents or a number of other things depending on the season. The group of volunteers can be made up of your work friends, your family members, church family, youth group, baseball team, etc. Project money should be collected and mailed ahead so supplies can be available when your group arrives.
Do Fundraisers and send proceeds to Appalachian Ministries-- have car washes, sell candybars, take up offerings once a month-- however you can host a fundraiser!
We are encouraged when we know others are praying for our work. There are times when the requests for help or the needs in the warehouse or the lack of construction money bear down on us. If you are a Christian, pray for our outreach programs. We are a Christian based outreach though we do host activities for everyone and most of the children we work with do not attend church. We have members of our own family who do not attend church but we realize without God's blessings, we wouldn't be able to reach as many as we do and we believe we are called by Him to work with the children in our area.