LifePoint Church in Minden kicked off Project 40/40 on Feb. 16 with The Great Diaper Drive to benefit The Community Pregnancy Center in Carson City.
This is the third year for Project 40/40, which ends March 23 with The Pantry Food Flood benefiting The Pantry at LifePoint and FISH in Carson City.
"We take 40 days before Easter to focus on at least 40 ways for our small groups to mobilize in the community around us and love them as Jesus teaches, with no strings attached," Pastor Mark Marsella said. "We have over 60 Small Groups that meet regularly in homes and on the LifePoint campus that will be involved. We have some groups that began projects a few years ago and have never stopped."
Barbara Gardner and her small group are taking on two projects.
Through March 20, they are assembling welcome bags filled with nail polish, polish remover, lotions, nail clippers, hair bands, socks, stamps, pens and notecards to be delivered to new residents at City of Refuge in Gardnerville.
"We are also going to help paint the interior of one of the homes," Gardner said. "I was once an unmarried pregnant teen, and I know how alone you can feel. I have a desire to provide the young women with something to welcome them when they arrive at The City of Refuge."
Gardner's second project benefits a Valley senior care facility.
They are filling laundry baskets with word game books, sugar free candy, lotions, no skid socks, paper back books, shampoos, and candy bars to be used as prizes for bingo.
"One of the members in my small group has been volunteering at these facilities for years," Gardner said. "God has put it on her heart to help the residents. She visits the residents weekly to spend time with them and play games. People can help by donating items to go into the baskets."
Linda Prescott and her group are helping homeless students at Douglas High School.
"There are approximately 24 homeless students that attend Douglas High School," Prescott said on the website. "We want to let them know that we care about them."
Project members are collecting $5 gift cards for fast food, or Raley's so that the students can eat after school.
They are also collecting tube socks, and are working with the school counselors to include any additional items the students may need.
For more information about other projects and to donate, call LifePoint Church at 267-0151.