Update from Christian Service Center

The Christian Service Center has seen a dramatic increase in the need for food and financial assistance during the COVID 19 pandemic.  In April, 2020, the Center had 342 clients for a total of 930 family members.  Our food pantry provided food for 862 people (3 meals a day for 7 days) or the equivalent of 18,102 meals.  These numbers are startling compared to April, 2019, when the Center had 116 clients for a total of 355 family members.  In April, 2019, our food pantry provided food for 326 people (3 meals a day for 7 days) or the equivalent of 6,846 meals.  Just to emphasize, 6,846 meals in April 2019 and 18,102 meals in April, 2020!

Most of our volunteers are considered “at risk” by virtue of their age so the Center has implemented safety procedures to protect them and our clients, including wearing masks, frequent sanitizing, and reducing the numbers of volunteers on site so that social distancing can be maintained.  Clients are interviewed by phone so there is no contact, and there is no contact between volunteers and clients when food is distributed.

Because the community has been generous with their donations and our volunteers are making the best of an uncomfortable situation, the Center has been able to keep up with the increasing need.   We would like to thank our donors and our volunteers.  You have given hope to people who had nowhere else to go, food to people who were hungry and kept people in their homes and off the streets.

The Christian Service Center is a “Hand Up” rather than a “Hand Out” agency.  Clients are given immediate emergency aid as well as guidance on finding solutions to their problems.  The CSC is a 100% volunteer agency funded by the churches of Pleasure Island, various community organizations, including the United Way of Baldwin County, and interested individuals.  For more information please call the CSC at 251-968-5256 or visit www.cscgs.com.

If you would like to help us keep our pantry full, the Center needs macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, canned vegetables, toilet paper, paper towels, potatoes (bagged or loose), rice (1 or 2 lb. bags), and jelly.

 

CSC SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM

The Christian Service Center offers a supplemental food program in the summer for children in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach schools.  The program provides easy to prepare, non-perishable breakfast and lunch food items, and two snacks, for FIVE days each week while school is out for the summer.  It is intended for families who qualify for the free or reduced lunch programs.

If you would like your child to take part in this program, PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE FORM BELOW TO THE CENTER AT 317 DOLPHIN AVE., GULF SHORES, AL 36547.  YOU MAY ALSO COME BY OR CALL TO SIGN UP AT 968-5256.

PICK UP WILL BE AT THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER ANY DAY, ONCE A WEEK, MONDAY-FRIDAY, FROM 9:00-12:00.  PICK UP STARTS MAY 26.

Questions—call Janice at the Center 968-5256.

__________________________________________________________PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

Parent/Guardian

Phone # ___________________________________

Number of Children in school ________

_____ Orange Beach or _____  Gulf Shores

Christmas Cheer

Monday, December 16th, the final day for Christmas Cheer Distribution

Left to Right in Picture: Betty Oliver, Alexys Knerr, Sierra Linton, Camille Brosdahl, Ron and Mary Ann Bousquet

Thank you, Sunny 105.7, for helping with our toy collection to help give our Pleasure Island less fortunate kids the best Christmas possible. And thank you, too, for Sunny’s collection sites:
Gulf Shores Family Pharmacy, Riviera Tire, W & W Flooring, GNG Plumbing and Hardware, Gulf Shores Insurance, Sweet Repeats, Woodson’s Barge-N, J & M Tackle, Action Game and Movie, Lulu’s, Doc’s Seafood Restaurant, McCarron Insurance, King Neptune’s Seafood Restaurant, One Club, 9 Round, Post Interior, Wonderfully Hempful, Island Drug, and Charm Boutique.
Below are just a few of our the many Christmas toys received.