In response to the events in Baltimore, the Metropolitan community (which includes St. Luke's Shelter) is collecting toiletries to deliver to residents who live in the areas affected by the riots. A note from Charlie Parker, our senior pastor:
We have all been deeply shocked and saddened by events in Baltimore over the past several weeks, and by the violence and destruction of recent days. United Methodists are people of care and action. I have been in touch with Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, the District Superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan District, who oversees the churches at the heart of the areas affected by the riots. In checking to see how we could be most helpful in tangible ways, she said that a critical need right now is for toiletries. A CVS was burned to the ground and buses are not running for folks to get to other drug stores.
So, beginning immediately, we are going to collect toiletries for people in Baltimore. We will partner with a congregation in the heart of the riot area to distribute what we collect. This is a tangible way that we can help our brothers and sisters in Baltimore whose everyday lives have been disrupted. How can you help? Bring toiletries of any kind to the church and put them in the collection bin in the foyer at Metropolitan or the back of the sanctuary at Wesley. If you want to contribute funds, we have folks who will purchase supplies in bulk at Costco. Please make your check out to Metropolitan Church and put Baltimore Aid in the memo line, and our Costco shoppers will turn your financial gifts into life-enhancing toiletries.
Please give generously as we continue our efforts to build bridges between people and across our conference. And please continue to hold the people of Baltimore in your thoughts and prayers.