We work closely with several organizations locally and around the world. We can reach out to help them during this time, too.
During this time of COVID-19, many people are receiving the stimulus checks from the government. If you are in the situation where that money isn’t essential for you, you might consider sharing it with some local agencies we support. Tithing is a good spiritual practice to begin with, and this extra money can be a wonderful way to go above and beyond in generosity.
You can give to these benevolences through your regular giving by marking it on your envelope or by giving online to make a one-time gift. Click the “Give to the Mission of St. Philip” button to the right. The button on this page is specifically marked to go into our Benevolence fund, which gets divided equally between these organizations. If you would like to give directly to St. Philip Lutheran's general fund, please give here.
Your love can reach our neighbors in need now. In a world of suffering, you can do a world of good. Thank you for supporting St. Philip and these places who are God’s hands and feet in Myrtle Beach and beyond.
Lutheran World Relief - www.lwr.org
Coronavirus is expected to spread at a catastrophic rate across Africa and health systems are not prepared. Monetary gifts help the world’s most vulnerable families stay safe. A gift will rush protective gear to health workers and ensure health networks have accurate, up-to-the-minute information about the coronavirus so they can keep families safe.
Also, LWR has issued a 75,000 Face Mask Challenge, asking for people to make masks at home and share with LWR. Many people in developing countries don’t have the option of social distancing or frequent handwashing to slow the spread of COVID-19. LWR has a pattern online, as well as lots of instructions and videos to help make these masks. There is more info about this on St. Philip’s Facebook page. Look there for more info.
Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach - www.helpinghandmb.org
Helping Hand is a short-term crisis and referral agency which seeks to address the needs of our community not met by other existing institutions. Our mission is to assist individuals and families with immediate, short-term needs such as food, rent, utilities, and other specialized services, which if not met, would threaten an individual’s or family’s stability.
We generally donate food to Helping Hand, and May is a month where we make that a focus. But at this point in time, monetary donations would be greatly appreciated. Their funding is really taking a hit with everything being postponed. They will definitely need money to assist with rent and utilities. They started taking a few calls concerning rent and utilities to see if they could help over the phone.
Help4Kids - www.help4kidssc.org
Research shows that hungry children have poorer mental and overall health, miss more days of school, suffer greater rates of behavioral disorders and are less prepared to learn when they are in school. With goals of helping to eliminate these life-changing effects of the children in Horry County, Backpack Buddies supplies participating schools with nutritious, child-friendly, self-serve food designed to put in a backpack and feed a child over the weekend.
Horry County Schools has suspended providing and delivering meals during the week because many of their employees were becoming sick with COVID-19. Now a lot of kids won’t have anything to eat. Help4Kids is accepting food and monetary donations. They can make a dollar stretch farther than we can by buying food in bulk.
Meals on Wheels of Horry County - www.mowhc.org
Meals on Wheels of Horry County glorifies Jesus Christ by providing home-delivered meals and fellowship to the homebound, elderly, and frail of Horry County. They deliver Monday through Friday during the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
One of their greatest needs is for people willing to donate their time to help others. Also, Meals on Wheels is privately funded. They see this as God's ministry, and as such, survive solely on donations.