Lexington Interfaith Community Services is the First Responder for Basic Needs

Want to get a jump on your Christmas shopping? Why not combine your thirst for bargains with your philanthropic inclinations by visiting the Lexington Interfaith Community Services Trunk Show on Thursday, November 30th at the Old Mill Brew Pub?

Shop designer clothing, handbags, accessories, shoes, jewelry, home décor, holiday décor and more from 5-8pm on November 30th. Not only will you be able to cross off some items on your Christmas shopping list, but you’ll also be supporting the organization that meets more than 25,000 needs annually with emergency food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance, referrals and prayer.

Admission at the Trunk Show is just five bucks, or 10 canned goods.

Lexington Interfaith Community Services began 38 years ago when members of the faith community got together seeking better ways to serve individuals and families faced with emergency needs for food, clothing and shelter. Today, business, government and a host of non-profit organizations support and collaborate with Lexington Interfaith Community Services.

As Lexington grows, so does the desperate need for help, and Lexington Interfaith Community Services is the first responder for social service issues. Individuals and families finding themselves in crisis situations come to the organization knowing they will be offered nutritious food items from the Harmon Street location or from the mobile food pantry, which recently added a 24-foot trailer to service five pantry sites.

Lexington Interfaith Community Services even offers a monthly food program called Food for Living to those on Social Security, Disability or receiving Veterans Assistance.

With a Thrift Store on campus, the agency provides clothing and other household items to families in need with growing children or aging parents, or to those who have faced disaster. This is particularly critical to children returning to school or parents headed to job interviews.

Lexington Interfaith Community Services offers limited financial resources, when available, to families in crisis. That might mean paying a power bill to keep the heat or air conditioning on, or getting a car repaired so dad can get to work.
Lexington Interfaith Community Services collaborates with dozens of community partners to help clients. “We will assist with anything that we can, but sometimes there are things that are greater than our resources. That is when we reach out to our partner organizations, and refer to those who can solve the problems that we cannot,” said Robin Bowers, executive director of Lexington Interfaith Community Services. “We also believe in the power of prayer, and will pray for, and with, anyone who wishes.”

There are so many ways for you to help this organization: financial, in-kind and time.

Financial donations are always accepted and treasured. Visit licssc.org and click the “Donate Now” button to make your donation.

Lexington Interfaith Community Services accepts donations of food and personal hygiene items as well. Items most needed include canned meat, PB&J, canned vegetables and fruit, pasta and sauce. Hygiene products most in need include toothpaste and toothbrushes, laundry detergent and more. See the needs list online at licssc.org/needslist.

The Thrift Store needs donated items to stay in business. Your donations of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, undergarments and shoes, books, furniture, toys, housewares and more are highly appreciated. See the needs list above for more information.

You can also host a food drive for the items above, or sponsor a holiday food basket for a family that otherwise wouldn’t have Christmas dinner. Visit licssc.org for more information.

And, of course, you can always volunteer. Lexington Interfaith Community Services welcomes community members who offer their time and will have no trouble putting you to work productively.

With your continued support, Lexington Interfaith Community Services can continue to serve those who have fallen on hard times.