CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse)
CHOW, run by the Broome County Council of Churches, is the local food bank of our community. Your donations to the CHOW barrel in the Entrance Way is welcome and appreciated whenever you have the opportunity to help provide a meal to our neighbors who are in need. Typically they can use use peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, cereal, instant potatoes, canned pasta, fruit juices, and canned meat.
Founded over a century ago in the belief that every NYC family deserves quality health care regardless of creed, color or nationality, The Floating Hospital continues its legacy today by also ensuring that no homeless woman or child is ever denied needed treatment because of an inability to pay. The average age of homeless people is 9. This startling fact is what began Christ the King’s partnership with The Floating Hospital. We believe that no child should be cold in the winter and so we began sending coats. Six years later, we are now sending over 150 coats, along with homemade hats and scarves, every year. If you would like to help or want to learn more, contact Helga Kunow.
The Friends Dinner is a weekly meal on Tuesday nights at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church on Main Street, Binghamton for people who are HIV+ or living with AIDS, along with their family and friends. Approximately every other month (six times a year) Christ the King hosts this weekly meal and shares time with the members of our community. For information about how you can get involved contact Carol Strano, Angie Crawford or Kellie Cruise.
Ramp it Up
Ramp It Up (RIU) is a youth mentoring initiative, created in 2009 by the Broome County Council of Churches, that puts crews of adults and youth together to build wheelchair ramps for residents in Broome County (See http://www.broomecouncil.net/FIA/youth.html for more information). To date, 38 ramps have been built.
On the third Saturday of the month it is Christ the King’s turn to host the soup kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Endicott. To quote one of our volunteers, “Who doesn’t like to meet at a restaurant and have dinner with friends. After all, who could turn down the privilege of being served; the honor of someone cooking a meal just for you exactly the way you want it with the finest ingredients; the joy of company and conversation; and (maybe best of all) not having to do the dishes and cleanup after your meal? Not me. …How cool would it be if the soup kitchens that served the hungry served the same quality food, prepared to the taste of any chef, and had service at the levels of many restaurants. What if you made friends at these soup kitchens whose company you enjoy and look forward to the next time you meet? Well, that’s the mission of our little local mission at the soup kitchen our church family is blessed to provide in Endicott four times each year.” Want to know how you can join in the fun? Contact Todd Eames.
Each year Christ the King hosts a free Thanksgiving Dinner for the community. Whether you just want some company to eat with, it’s your only meal that day, or you just don’t like to cook; ALL are welcome. A Turkey dinner with all the fixings, ample pies for dessert and, of course, vegetarian options are served at 12:00 Noon. To find out how you can help or if you would like to be our guest, please contact Judy Mica Guerin.