This year has presented many challenges to the farmworker community. The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry has responded to the Covid 19 pandemic by providing food to 4,000 individuals. The EfwM also distributed personal protective equipment, cleaning products, hygiene items and most importantly, vital information to hundreds of agricultural workers. Children received backpacks filled with school supplies and a gift card for necessities. Hundreds of Christmas gifts were distributed to local families in need.
We at St. Paul’s can continue to support this vital work on Sunday, March 21.
Farmworkers from Mexico will soon be arriving on farms just an hour from Cary. The H2-A farmworkers live in remote labor camps and arrive with few possessions. The Coronavirus has added to the long list of issues that farmworkers already face: sub poverty wages, substandard housing, isolation from family and friends. The EFwM visits the men in the camps and brings them much needed supplies, support and vital information. You can help in these efforts by making a monetary donation to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. You can send a check to St. Paul’s with Episcopal Farmworker Ministry on the memo line or go to episcopalfarmworkerministry.org/donate/.
This year we will also have a collection of items to be brought to the ministry. Items needed for the men in the camps are Men’s long sleeved shirts (S,M,L), men’s pants (sizes 30-34) men’s athletic shoes and socks (sizes 7-10), and men’s underwear (S,M,L,), bandanas and baseball caps. Bath towels, hygiene products (shampoo, body wash, dental floss, sunscreen, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Tylenol, Bengay, Insect Repellent). Food items are also needed: Maseca flour, vegetable oil, instant coffee, rice, beans, granola bars, protein bars, dried fruit and laundry detergent. Please bring these items to the St. Paul’s parking lot on Saturday, March 13 or Saturday, March 20 between 10:00 and 12:00 noon. We will take the items from your trunk and will wear masks. Thank you.
Click on the adjacent picture to see a video and to learn more about Hermano Day, the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, and needed donated items.
Please Gale Herrman @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.