Bear Necessities


The Bear Necessities Personal Care Pantry opened its doors on September 21, 2013 to fill a need it saw as being unmet.

The Pantry is open the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until Noon.   The list of organizations, other area churches and community donors who support Bear Necessities continues to grow.  However, the need is great, and continued donations are greatly appreciated.

Families are eligible to receive products from the pantry by showing their current LINK card.   Each family receives the following items, which are not able to be purchased with the LINK card:

laundry detergent
toilet paper
bath soap
dish soap

Additionally, the following items are available upon request:  shaving cream, deodorant, tooth brushes and feminine hygiene products.

Donations of any of the listed items, as well as monetary donations to support the pantry, may be made simply by dropping the items off at the church weekdays between 8-12, or before Sunday morning worship.  Please download our brochure to find out the many ways you can help.

1964908_776982268979621_672512076_nOur entire congregation has played a role in bringing this wonderful ministry to life:  from the dedicated group of committee volunteers; the 25+ who attended the training sessions before it opened; to all who have donated, and continue to donate, items and monies to help stock the shelves.

We will continue to share the stories of the lives we are touching through this ministry.


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