About A Simple Gesture
A Simple Gesture is a “pantry pick-up program” that makes donating very easy and increases inventory at Lake Christian Ministries (LCM). This model has been implemented in over 80 communities nationwide. It is a grassroots, all-volunteer program that also promotes awareness of needs and civic engagement.
A Simple Gesture is a simple and convenient way to help Neighbors in need. It is fun to involve children and/or grandchildren or fill bags as a group or club project.
Many families in the SML area live in poverty (defined as having an annual income at or below $28,290 for a family of four). Sadly, the poverty rate for the counties surrounding SML has risen over the past decade. A Simple Gesture will help those struggling with food insecurity.
HOW IT WORKS:
Community members will register as donors and/or volunteer drivers
Bag collections will take place 4x/year (one day each quarter)
LCM will provide each donor with a reusable bag and wish list of desired items
Donors will fill their bag and leave it outside their door on pre-determined days
Volunteer drivers will pick up the bags (leaving an empty bag and wish list for the next pick-up) and deliver the bags to LCM
In neighborhoods where no driver is available, donors can drop off bags at LCM or other designated locations
LCM will sort, store, and distribute the food, sharing with other pantries if needed
Giving is not just about making a donation.
It is about making a difference.
Kathy Calvin, President & CEO United Nations Foundation