Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all our ROCK Friends, family, and supporters! Here we are, on the weirdest Easter weekend in my lifetime, and another weekend of outreach passes us by. This holiday Sunday marks another day of pandemic, isolation, and the feeling like our entire lives on our hold under the grip of this virus. Imagine, us, in our comfy houses, with our grocery pick ups and our cupboards full. Netflix on the tv, and clear minds to manage. What blessings we all have!

Why would we risk all that to go and help others, I’m sure many of you may be asking? Especially during these crazy times – we should be staying home, isolating, protecting our own! The answer is simple – many of our friends don’t have what we have. They have no one to advocate, help and protect them. They are isolated, but not just by this virus, but by their addictions, or trauma, or situation. They don’t have a support system to, at a very minimum, make sure they are fed and have the necessities. Regardless of why, we want to make sure they know that there is at least one group of people who are willing to step in and show them some love and care. Non-judgmental support – that’s what we give.

All of this is to say – we need YOUR help to keep moving forward. We are up to over 250 meals per trip. That means we are making 500+ meals per week, and we have no plans on stopping anytime soon. Please, friends and family of the ROCK, just remember that we’re still doing all we can to go out and support the marginalized in our community during all this craziness. If you can donate even a tiny bit, every little bit helps us to help them. We are still accepting e-transfers at reachoutchathamkent@gmail.com.

To complete our Easter Sunday blog/email blast, I’d like to take a minute and recognize a few people and businesses who stepped up the last few weeks to help us continue our work.

An amazing lady, by the name of Debbie Bell, donated to us over 200 cloth masks for our outreach team and to hand out to our friends. (She also gave us a ton of bread and snacks, and send some $$ - we are SO grateful!!) What a generous donation, because every little bit of protection helps us all! Debbie, you are amazing!

Also, we continue to appreciate our businesses – Ultimate Sports Bar and Chatham Breakfast House – for their continued donations of soup each week. We also received an amazing donation of bread from Maple City Bakery and the Shady Pine Restaurant. Imagine – when we’re all struggling in our own ways, these businesses are giving more to help. What am amazing community we live in.

The final recognition, mostly from my own heart, goes to Al and Candy McGuigan and the ROCK team still going out each day to help. What a brave, loving, compassionate bunch. Some of us made the hard choice to stay home and self-isolate – but these guys keep going out and reaching out – and we are grateful that they can keep going. There’s a handful of them, and I’m sending them as much love and support as I can from behind this computer. God Bless you all!

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