Each Sunday morning, a small group of Open Arms volunteers gathers in the church parking lot to serve to-go lunches and deliver mail to our homeless community even while the campus is closed. With this service, the invaluable personal connections that are an important part of the Open Arms ministry are limited due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.
Let’s show our Open Arms friends they are remembered and cared for – and continue to support this ministry even while on-campus activities are suspended by writing cards of encouragement.
We invite the church congregation to Make God’s Love Real by writing cards/letters of encouragement, drawing pictures (kids) for our Open Arms friends. These will be distributed on Sunday mornings at the Open Arms mail table for any guest who would like to receive this correspondence. The letters should be generic and not addressed to any specific individual; they will be distributed randomly.
Please mail to Hyde Park United Methodist, in care of Open Arms Letters Ministry, 500 W. Platt Street, Tampa, FL 33606. We recommend sending the cards in bulk, include an encouraging note or Scripture and sign your first name, and exclude your address from the individual envelopes.
Questions? Email Melissa Johnson