Annual Report 2018
RAK (Random Act of Kindness) Card Ministry
This ministry, started August 23, 2011, is an effort to reach out to the Weedsport community at a time of family stress letting people know we Presbyterians are alive, active and care. While it is hopeful if/when these families are searching for a church they would remember us, this is not the overall objective. In many cases, we can assume they have their own church relationship and we are supporting the fact that Jesus loves them and so do we.
Stress, as I can identify it, is defined primarily as death, major/terminal illness and disaster such as fire or some other type of emergency. Ironically, the majority of cards are prompted by death. Family is identified as any family member (parents, grand parents, spouse, children, siblings) with a Weedsport address and not a member of our church as we have programs, supported by our Deacons, to reach out and support our own members.
In 2018 we sent 85 cards (a decrease of 13 over 2017), of which all were death related. Overall, since inception, a total of 750 cards have been sent. Over the seven years since inception, we have averaged 102 cards annually. Thanks to James Marshall and the Marshall Companies for supplying the cards, at no cost through one of their vendors, with postage being supplied privately for this mission.
It is getting more and more difficult to identify survivors, in the case of death, as many people opt to not disclose their addresses (city) in obituaries and with the continued growth of exclusive cell phone usage it is also more difficult to find people via the internet without subscribing to a database. This has caused a reduction of cards being sent since inception of the mission. The first three years of this mission we averaged 117 cards each year and the last three years we have averaged 87. As it is difficult for me, living in Cicero, to be aware of major illnesses and local emergencies, we could use some help with timely communicating the need. When you are aware of these types of family emergencies in the Weedsport mailing area, please forward the information to Bill Smith, phone 315-699-4160 or e-mail at WSMITH1@TWCNY.RR.COM. Don’t assume we know or that someone else has made us aware of these situations. Better to over communicate than not be aware at all.