Prince of Peace has a Mom's of College Age Kids group that meets monthly to share information, experience, and support with Mom's who are transitioning their children into the next phase of life. Once you have a child in late Junior year, you are invited to join the group. Moms are happy to share their experiences in navigating applications, community college, acceptances & declines, gap years, mental health of both young and adults (and their parents) through stressful transitions.
Often the group gatherings are just social hours and check-ins, but every year they create fall care packages for all of the current young adults including those away school and those living at home. This is a tradition the group did not want to loose during a pandemic. Of course the Mom's found a way! Boxes were packed out doors. Each Mom brought one item for all 23 boxes. They took turns adding the item they provided to all the boxes, then spread out in the lawn for a check in. Contents included some of the standard items like candy and stress balls. There were also special pandemic items like hand sanitizer and cloth masks (made by a Mom whose kids are not even near college yet). It was truly a community effort.
The kids living at home got hand delivered boxes and the out of town boxes were mailed curtesy of Thrivent Action Team funds available to Thrivent members.
The boxes have arrived in locations across the country. All appreciate the gesture of love & support from their church home.