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Schriever fellowship cares for community

Schriever Fellowship members pack care bags for the Colorado Springs homeless Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities Community Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Each bag was filled with basic necessities to include socks, washcloths, soap, space blankets, granola bars, water, combs and bandages. (Courtesy photo/Christy Sutton)

Schriever Fellowship members pack care bags for the Colorado Springs homeless Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities Community Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Each bag was filled with basic necessities to include socks, washcloths, soap, space blankets, granola bars, water, combs and bandages. (Courtesy photo/Christy Sutton)

Care packages for the homeless are piled onto a table by Schriever Fellowship members during a weekly Bible study meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities Community Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The group packed 125 bags to distribute to the homeless within the Colorado Springs area during the holiday season. (Courtesy photo/Christy Sutton)

Care packages for the homeless are piled onto a table by Schriever Fellowship members during a weekly Bible study meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in the Tierra Vista Communities Community Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The group packed 125 bags to distribute to the homeless within the Colorado Springs area during the holiday season. (Courtesy photo/Christy Sutton)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever fellowship members came together to partake in a group service project creating care bags for the homeless during a weekly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

Each bag was filled with basic necessities to include socks, washcloths, soap, space blankets, granola bars, water, combs and bandages.

"The purpose of the project was to provide a practical way of helping the folks standing on the street corners in town," said Christy Sutton. "Rather than give them money, give them a homeless bag."

The bags also included encouraging notes.

"It's just an encouraging scripture to let people know that not only do we care for them, but we believe in a God that cares for them as well," said Chaplain (Capt.) Jennifer Ray, 50th Space Wing. "We hope they feel the love that we feel for them and the love of God."

The group made a total of 125 bags, and each family took about 10 bags with them to keep in their car and distribute during the holiday season.

"One of the teenagers in the group was asked how it made him feel when he handed the homeless person the bag. He said 'Hope, it made me hopeful that I was making a difference,'" said Sutton.

Sutton explained the inspiration for the service project came from the group's fall study of the Book of James, specifically Chapter Two.

"It states, 'If one of you says 'Go, I wish you well; keep warm and be well fed,' but does nothing, what good is it? ...faith without deeds is dead,'" said Sutton. So, the group decided to put their faith into action.

The group plans to do more service projects in the future.

Service projects bind us together as a group," said Ray. "We have the Christmas caroling coming up, but as we see a need or as things come up through scripture and study that sparks our attention or nudges us,[we'll plan more] service projects."

Schriever Fellowship meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the TVC Community Center. Families and individuals are welcome.

"If anyone would like to volunteer or has service projects ideas we could do, let us know," said Ray. "Ideas can come from anywhere-teachings or from someone who has a need. We want to be here to help in any way we can."

For more information, contact Chaplain Ray at 567-3705.
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