Pittman Park United Methodist Church began the "Amazing Grace Project" in August as an outreach mission focused on the donation of common household items in care bags.
Mickey Martin, a Pittman Park member and resident of Statesboro, opened her home to the project and became the point person to collect items donated to the church. Martin brings the items into her home office and, with the other five members of the AGP's committee, organizes and prepares the care bags.
Each care bag contains common items that may often be taken for granted: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, a washcloth, shampoo, a paper cup filled with instant coffee packets, a bottle of water, socks and many more small items that will make a big difference to those in need. With the colder months approaching, the project hopes to start adding small blankets, gloves, knit hats and hand/feet warmers.
"Everyone has a need, and we hope these care bags will fulfill some of their needs," Martin said. "Everyone wants and needs to know that somebody cares about them. The AGP's care bags are a small way to let those in need know that people do care."
Project volunteers pack all the donated items into their signature navy tote bags adorned with "Amazing Grace Project" spelled out below a picture of a large green tree, which, as Martin said, symbolizes the "Tree of Life, showing the interconnection between all people."
Once the committee has prepared bags, the six members deliver them to local area distributors.
Distributors are local churches and operations that can easily distribute the bags directly to individuals in need. They include Pittman Park Church, other local churches and agencies in and around the Statesboro area who have either come forward or been contacted to help distribute the bags.
The most recent distributors to join the project are the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office and the Statesboro Police Department. One hundred care bags will be divided between the two departments, allowing one bag per patrol car. The bags will be replenished by the AGP committee as they are distributed by officers to local citizens in need.
Through the help of community donations and local distributors, as well as monetary donations made by individuals, the Amazing Grace Project has successfully started its journey of giving.
The AGP hopes to grow by gaining more distributors and donations in the upcoming months. Anyone who may be interested in donating may contact the main office of Pittman Park, at 1102 Fair Rd. in Statesboro, during regular business hours, or email Mickey Martin at email@example.com.
A list of items that may be donated is available.
"Thank you to all who have helped towards the growth of the Amazing Grace Project, and we hope to continue giving so everyone may know that care is still available to those in need," Martin said.
Amazing Grace Project care bag distributors:
Pittman Park United Methodist Church
Statesboro First United Methodist Church
Thomas Grove Baptist Church
First Presbyterian Church
East Main Street Church of God
St. Matthew's Catholic Church
Social Services — Statesboro
Statesboro Food Bank
Outreach Center of Bulloch County
Safe Haven (Bulloch County Women's Shelter)
Bulloch County Sheriff's Office
Statesboro Police Department