Mission of the Month

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been serving people in Kandiyohi County since 1897. It is more than just another social service agency, it has been a beacon of hope to those who need the Lord. The following are some of the ways the Salvation Army helps people in our community:
~Rent assistance
~Utility assistance
~Lunch for youth in the summer
~Christmas toys and clothing
~Thanksgiving and Christmas vouchers for food
~Personal care kits
~Annual coat drive
~Men’s, women’s, and youth ministries

The Salvation Army is experiencing three times the normal demand for food, shelter and clothing because of the health pandemic. Here are some of the ways that you can help the Salvation Army in Willmar provide for the needs of our community!

Give To The Max Day is November 19th
Give to the MAX day is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th
To donate online, go to the Salvation Army donation website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/Willmar/ OR donate through our church mission – you can donate online, in person during business hours or during worship in the offering plates at the back of the sanctuary. The money that you donate stays local, provides buying food in bulk, provides the mission to serve in the name of Jesus Christ, and uses 80% of the donations to provide services.

The Red Kettle Kickoff begins on November 15th
Because of the health pandemic, many stores are closed, store hours are shorter and foot traffic is less. This will certainly affect the Kettle giving this year. As in previous years, our church will participate in ringing the bell for the Red Kettle. The date for us to volunteer has not yet been set, but we will keep our church family informed when we hear from the Captain at the Salvation Army. You will be able to sign up by calling the church office: (320)235-1263 or the Salvation Army office: (320) 235-2033 once we have established our kettle bell ringing day. It is estimated that as a volunteer ringing the kettle bell, you will raise an average of $30 per hour for the year round programs that provide food, clothing and shelter for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Salvation Army Angel Tree
Once the Angel Tree has been set up in our church narthex, please stop at the church to pick up a gift tag and return your gifts unwrapped by December 11th If you cannot stop during office hours, call the church and we will send you the tags you prefer.

The Salvation Army is doing its best to still provide gifts in a different way due to the health pandemic. So, hopefully we can help them out with some of the gifts. Donations of money may also be a way for you to help. Maybe some of our youth would be willing to help shop for the gifts if needed. The Blessing Box on our church lawn This is also a fantastic way to give to others in need. Some items to donate are: Non-perishable foods, bathroom items, warm hats, mittens, books, etc. You can drop items off in the church and we will refill the blessing box when items are depleted.

Thank you for all you do for others -
YOU are a Blessing!
With sincere appreciation from the Mission Committee

Family Promise of
Kandiyohi County

Family Promise of Kandiyohi County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which finds its origin from a national organization stemming from Summit, New Jersey. We are one of approximately 200 affiliates found in 43 states and Washington D.C. FPKC has partnered with 12 local congregations (and 13 support churches) to provide shelter, meals and hospitality to homeless families within the Willmar/Kandiyohi County area. Our goal is to do whatever we can to assist homeless families gain emergency shelter, daily meals, and partner with local agencies to equip families with the skills they need overcome homelessness. We believe that families need a “hand up,” not just a “hand out.” 

Check out more of what Family Promise is and offers at their website: 

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Blessing Box

We, at the First Presbyterian Church, have placed a Blessing Box at the front of our church at 316 Sixth Street SW in downtown Willmar and we are seeking donations from you and others to help our brothers and sisters in need. The following is a list of suggested supplies: Food items (non-perishable) -- canned goods, soup mix, cake mix, rice, cereal, noodles, peanut butter, snacks, ramen/instant meals, Hamburger Helper, mac & cheese, fruit, vegetables, bread/buns, baking items, condiments, coffee, juice boxes, seasoning items, crackers. Personal hygiene -- toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap, lotion, toilet paper, feminine products, tissue, Q-tips. Baby/child items -- diapers, wipes, baby food, baby cereal, pacifier, powder, lotion, bottles, powder formula. Misc. items -- pens/pencils, paper, seasonal items, gloves,books, small toys, gift items. Prohibited items -- home-baked goods, expired opened goods, alcohol, tobacco, sharp objects.

Ministry Meals 

Every Second Wednesday of the Month (during the school year) our Mission Committee donates, makes, and provides a meal during the lunch hours (11-1:30) for students at Ridgewater College in the Ministry Department of the college!! The Mission Commitee is always willing to have volunteers to help out each month if available!! If so, contact the church office for more details.

Meals on Wheels

The First Presbyterian Church of Willmar we help out with Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since the first known U.S. delivery by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.4 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country. If you would like to sign up to help deliver Meals on Wheels, contact the church office.