In December, Christmas came early and often at the Celebrate Outreach breakfast.
We served an average of 121 weekly meals. Our highest number was 159 meals, which we served on December 17. Fortunately, two of our long-term breakfast supporters, GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club (above, L) and youth from the St. Mary & St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church (center, R) were there to distribute toiletries and other goods.
On the following Saturday, one of the coldest Christmas Eves in memory, we passed out blankets (L) and Christmas cards hand-made by the children of St. Mary and St. Mina, bagged with a snack and a bottle of water (center). Brittany Howard and Dan Smith (R) donned festive Christmas ties to serve hot roast chicken.
You can see more photos from December and our year-end wrap-up on our Celebrate Outreach Facebook page, as well information on current activities. Below are details on three upcoming Celebrate Outreach events: a tiny home dedication, a fundraiser for our host church, and the return of drag queen bingo!
As always, we serve from Praise the Lord Outreach Ministries, 900 MLK Street South, St. Petersburg FL 33705. Volunteers arrive at 7:30 AM and we finish serving by 9:30. And, as always, thanks to everyone who supports the breakfast. Contact us for ways to help offsite, or to join our merry band on Saturday mornings! A list of suggested donations is at the end of the newsletter.Debbie Bussinger Canningcanningd58@yahoo.com
Second Tiny Home Groundbreaking
Join Celebrate Outreach along with civic, religious and non-profit leaders at 10:00 AM this Thursday, January 19th at for the groundbreaking ceremony for Celebrate Outreach’s second tiny home. The ceremony will be at the new home site, 4119 12th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL. The tiny home will provide a home ownership opportunity for a household at risk of becoming homeless.
The ceremony is part of the St. Peterburg Unitarian Universalist Church week of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so participants should dress casually if they would also like to participate in work at the site.
For more information on the service, contact Sabine von Aulock 973-768-3256 or email@example.com
David Roth Fundraiser for Celebrate Outreach’s home church
The St. Petersburg Unitarian Universalist Church has long been a friend to Celebrate Outreach and people living without shelter in St. Petersburg. They are the home base for Celebrate Outreach’s offices, for Still… No Room in the Inn Christmas caroling, for the homeless memorial service, and for other activities supporting our homeless brothers and sisters, including the weekly Friday Night Sunset Supper. They recently became a cold night shelter, as seen in this news report which features Celebrate secretary Sabine von Aulock and homeless volunteer Ed Miller: St. Pete church shelters over a dozen people during cold snap | WFLA
This coming Saturday, January 21st the UU presents singer/songwriter David Roth in a benefit for the church:
Join the UU Church for a concert with David Roth, who posts this on his website:
The Return of Drag Queen Bingo!
Celebrate Outreach Drag Queen Bingo is back!
For the first time since the COVID shutdown, join Celebrate Outreach for an evening of fabulous fun and prizes in a benefit for our work. Bingo mistress Georgia, a supporter of Celebrate Outreach, will be our hostess.
Details to follow; mark your calendars now!
Date: March 14, 2023Creative Grape, a wine bistro, art gallery and entertainment venue at 3100 3rd Avenue N. in St. Petersburg FL 33713Time: 7:00 PM Place:
FOOD, CLOTHING AND TOILETRIES NEEDS
fruit cups, bananas, orangesbeef sticks, canned meat pop tops (tuna, Vienna sausages), yogurt cups, lunch meat, sliced cheese, cheese sticks packs of any variety of cheese or peanut butter crackers, snack-sized bags of chips bottled water, Gatorade, soda
disposable razors, shaving cream
bar soap, wash cloths
feminine hygiene items
travel size creams, shampoo, and body wash
individual packets of Kleenex, hand wipes
men’s/women’s socks (this is a constant need)
gently used clothes
men’s and women’s tennis shoes
men’s underwear S/M/L
>women’s underwear S/M/L/XL
PLEASE NOTE: **We do not accept children’s clothes**