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Library Service Projects

During the past week, the librarians and staff completed two service projects to help those in need this season. On December 10, they filled twenty Christmas stockings with snacks and personal items that will be distributed by Blankets for the Homeless, a local ministry founded by College of Arts & Sciences student Mariah Smith. On December 12, the librarians and staff gathered at the Union Mission warehouse in Norfolk, where they filled 86 bags with toys for needy children.

The Library is grateful for this annual opportunity to help the less fortunate members our community. For photos from the Union Mission project, see our albums on Facebook, Google+, or Flickr.

To find out how you can help make this Christmas a little brighter for some of the least of Christ’s brethren in Hampton Roads, watch the following video from 700 Club Interactive:

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Library staff volunteers service at the Union Mission

The Regent University Library faculty and staff recently completed their fourth annual Thanksgiving & Christmas service project to help those in need. On December 5, they gathered at the Union Mission warehouse in Norfolk to sort food in preparation for distribution to needy families in Hampton Roads. The staff began by unpacking boxes and checking expiration dates. Next they used their expertise in classification and shelving to place the canned goods on the correct shelves in the warehouse. Finally, they checked boxes with food already prepared for delivery, adding missing items from the shelves. The Library faculty and staff are grateful for this annual opportunity to help the less fortunate members our community. For photos from the project, see our albums in Facebook or Flickr.

Library staff donates items and volunteers time

The Regent University Library faculty and staff recently completed their third annual Thanksgiving & Christmas service projects to help those in need. Instead of exchanging gifts, they collected food and toys to be donated to the Union Mission. Then, on December 5, they gathered at the Union Mission’s warehouse in Norfolk to deliver their donations and help sort other food received in preparation for distribution to needy families in Hampton Roads. Some members of the group worked on the initial unpacking of the many boxes and bags of food donated to the Mission. The expiration dates and condition of the cans and boxes were checked. The items were then sorted by type of food and stacked on the corresponding shelves. Later, other groups of volunteers will take the items from the shelves to fill boxes that will provide holiday meals for hundreds of poor families. In addition to helping the Union Mission, the Library staff also collected cash and gift items for Jabez Rapaka, founder of Love & Hope Ministries, to take with him on his mission trip to India later this month.

Library staff volunteers at Union Mission

Written by Georgianne Bordner, University Librarian

The Regent University Library staff and faculty celebrated Thanksgiving by giving of themselves to help those in need in Hampton Roads. Instead of sharing a traditional potluck meal together, they collected food to be donated to the Union Mission. Then, on the afternoon of November 22, they gathered at the Union Mission’s warehouse in Norfolk to deliver their donations and help sort other food received in preparation for distribution to hungry families. Some members of the group worked on the initial unpacking of the many boxes and bags of food donated to the Mission. Large-size items that were not appropriate for distribution to families were set aside to provide meals for residents of the Mission’s homeless shelters. The expiration dates and condition of the rest of the cans and boxes were checked. The items were then passed on to another group that sorted them by type of food and stacked them on the corresponding shelves. Later, other groups of volunteers will take the items from the shelves to fill boxes that will provide holiday meals for hundreds of needy families. The Library staff finished the afternoon tired, but happy to have had the opportunity to make a small contribution to this important ministry.

Library staff volunteers at Union Mission

Ellen Cox and Sandra Yaegle sorting clothesWritten by Carol Sheets, Administrative Coordinator

The Regent University Library celebrated Christmas by giving of themselves to help those in need in Tidewater Virginia. On December 8th, the Library faculty and staff gathered at the new Union Mission warehouse in Norfolk and spent the morning volunteering. Most of the Regent crew spent their time placing on hangers all types of clothing for children, women, and men while others sorted shoes. Cindy Smith, from the Union Mission staff, explained that the clothing would primarily be sold in the Mission’s thrift store. Some of the clothing that cannot be sold locally is sent to Africa. “Nothing goes to waste,” Smith said. “Everything you see here, from the buildings to the food and clothing you work with, is donated. God has been good to us.” Smith went on to explain that the money that is raised through thrift store sales goes to help feed, house, clothe, and minister the gospel to the broken men, women, children, and families in the Hampton Roads community. The Library staff also decided to forego a gift exchange this year. Instead they gave toys for the children and food for the families that the Union Mission serves.