Shaw’s Stamps? Say “Yes!”
Next time you are in a Shaw’s Supermarket, instead of saying “No” when the cashier asks if you are collecting stamps for their flatware promotion, please say “Yes” instead. Then put the stamps you do not want in an envelope and mail them to:
c/o Promise Church
204 M Tall Oaks Drive
South Weymouth, MA 02190
“No need to bother pasting them in the little book either,” says Judith. “We will take care of that.”
Judith and others at Promise Church are collecting the stamps to give to Friends of the Homeless of the South. They will redeem these Shaw’s Stamps for flatware to give to families moving out of shelters and motels and into more permanent housing.
“We’d love your help in collecting as many stamps as we can before the January 5th deadline,” Patt says. “That gives us up to January 19th to redeem them for the families.”
Ask the Shoppers Ahead of You Too!
If you are in line and the person in front of you says “No.” Think about taking advantage of that opportunity too, Judith suggests. “When you ask if they would mind giving you the stamps to help temporary shelter guests move into permanent homes, you will be surprised at how generous your fellow shoppers can be.”
For more on this easy, painless way to help FHSS clients, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How Do You Earn Shaw’s Stamps?
These Cuisinart Saver Stamps are earned for every $10 you spend at Shaw’s. Why not take advantage of this wonderful opportunity? And for other donation ideas, visit our website donations page.
Promise Church is a newly forming church of the United Church of Christ. They gather for worship and fellowship in homes around the Weymouth and Quincy area on Sunday evenings. Church members provide ongoing support to Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore to help build stronger parents, children and families; to secure education and employment opportunities; and to find safe and affordable permanent housing.
I imagine one of the things that comes to mind is “home cooking.” Our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness also dream of home cooking. When families leave the shelter for their own place, they need to supply all their furniture and household items. In order to help these families get settled, the people of Promise Church collected Cuisinart pots and pans provided by Shaw’s Supermarkets.
Shaw’s offered one stamp for every $10 spent; we needed 100 – 120 stamps for the size cookware we wanted to collect, so we asked our friends for help. People from UCC churches, churches of other denominations, local groups and individuals, all combined their stamps in the weeks before Christmas. These stamps were redeemed and the result was 40 saucepans, fry pans and chef’s pans to give to families to use when they are in shelter and to take with them as they leave shelter for their own place. Dorothy Newell, president of Friends of the Homeless said, “A new skillet for a family moving into our homeless shelters! What could be more welcome! And many thanks to Shaw’s stamps and all who collected them to make this Promise Church project possible.”
Helping the shelters run by the South Shore Friends of the Homeless has been an ongoing mission of Promise Church. Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore is dedicated to helping homeless families by providing food, clothing, furniture, shelter, education, and advocacy. They address a whole range of needs, from physical to emotional, from personal to social, and from psychological to spiritual.
Promise Church is a newly forming church in care of the Pilgrim Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. We gather for worship and fellowship in homes around the South Shore area. It is sometimes hard for such a small congregation to see that they are making a difference. With the help of many friends, this pile of cookware is a visible expression of our care for others.
Friends of the Homeless is grateful to Promise Church for their commitment to helping home-ready families get the items they need to move in. If your church would like to participate in a similar way, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Dorothy Newell at email@example.com