LITTLE FLOWERS NEEDS OUR HELP!
Little Flowers preschool and after school care is staying open to take care of the children of essential workers. Many parents work in hospitals in Baltimore and for the police department, and some are teachers there. Emmanuel has an opportunity to help our partners in West Baltimore. Here’s how:
* More donations of disinfectants, especially bleach, are needed:
Another way we can keep this vital resource for children and families in West Baltimore is to collect any extra bleach, spray bottles, paper towels, antibacterial hand soap, non-contact thermomenters, etc. that you may have.
Drop of your extras on the back picnic table in the Emmanuel Ministry Center carport by Wednesday, April 1st. A volunteer will deliver them to Little Flowers.
* Sew cloth masks for staff and school-age students:
Consider sewing cloth masks. Judy Griffin has some tightly woven cotton material and we have a pattern. Just need sewers!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
* Send cards of encouragement and support to Little Flowers:
Crystal Hardy Flowers
Little Flowers ECDC
1526 N. Fremont Ave.
Baltimore, Md 21217
They are amazing in serving critical needs during this crisis.
Crystal and her accountant are applying for every Federal, State and local loan/grant that comes out, but the confusion surrounding these yields no stability.
* The “What Happens IF” emergency fund need donations.
In a conference call on March 24th, members of Emmanuel UMC listened to Crystal Hardy Flowers, Director of Little Flowers Early Childcare and Development Center talk about the center’s support of parents who need child care to fulfill their essential work responsibilities. The Little Flowers Emergency Fund is used to pay staff who are now working to care for infants, toddlers and elementary/middle school-age children. Many of her staff are working shorter hours than normal. Ms. Flowers needs to keep as many employed so that when the covid-19 pandemic restrictions are lessened, she can quickly ramp up her capacity again. And crisis loans would need to be paid back. Please consider contributing any amount at their website: www.littleflowersecdc.org
* Read about Emmanuel outreach:
The Baltimore-Washington UM Connection for March has an article on some Emmanuel Outreach efforts, and our partnership with Little Flowers (now 5 years) is included.