ACSGW Broadens Holiday Offerings in 2015
This holiday season, Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW) is offering holiday meals, health screenings and more to the community.
Story by ACSGW staff / Photograph courtesy Beltsville church
November 23 through 25, more than 700 families in need will receive a Thanksgiving food basket from ACSGW as part of the yearly Holiday Giving Project at its headquarters in Silver Spring. While waiting to receive their turkey and holiday meal prep foods, clients will also have access to health screenings and wellness information from Adventist HealthCare’s Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md. Health professionals will provide body mass index/body composition screenings, carbon monoxide screening and tobacco cessation counseling, and diabetes education and counseling with a certified diabetes educator.
The Montgomery County Police Department will attend to coach on general safety concerns and CHEER (Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research) will share information about accessing health care.
ACSGW will also distribute shoes and winter coats. Tim Madding, senior pastor of the Potomac Conference’s Beltsville (Md.) church, and his congregation, donated more than 500 pairs of shoes (see feature photo) after Madding’s “Seven Days Without Series,” where Madding went shoe-less for one week and encouraged members and community members to donate shoes for those in need.
Rep. Will Smith; Bruce Williams, former Takoma Park mayor; a representative from Montgomery County Executive, Ike Leggett’s office; as well as representatives from organizations such as The Steve Francis Foundation, also plan to attend.
The Holiday Giving Project is the collaborative work of more than 250 volunteers and groups such as the Fabrangen Cheder Community and School, A Wider Circle, local Adventist churches and the Takoma Park Presbyterian church.
Want to volunteer? Contact the office at (301) 585-6556.