After leading her congregations in filling and sending shoeboxes filled with goodies to children around the world through Samaritan's Purse, Rev. Katrina Laude and the people of Homer City UMC did something different.
"I got in touch with the Committee on Native American Ministries through the North Carolina Conference of the UMC. Members of the Lumbee Tribe live in Pembroke, NC and the surrounding area, struggling in poverty," she said. Pastor Laude and a few others from Homer City delivered the boxes to North Carolina, met with the staff and volunteers at a center that works with the community in Strickland Heights Housing Apartments, and visited an after-school program.
"They were so excited to receive our gifts of shoeboxes, stuffed animals, soccer balls, and personal care items!" she said. The Native American Ministries Committee posted photos of the visit on their website.
The Native American Cooperative Ministry of the North Carolina Conference includes Native American United Methodist churches three counties in North Carolina and two in South Carolina. NACM’s focus areas are Outreach, Leadership Development and Christian Education.
Laude said they'll take another trip to North Carolina in the Fall to deliver shoeboxes, personal care items and other gifts to the Lumbee community.
Anyone interested in creating shoeboxes or donating items may contact Pastor Katrina at email@example.com or 724-479-2015.