The Sanctuary Sabbath School class of the Roosevelt church in Fulton, New York, recently donated more than $2,000 to the ADRA “COVID-19 Crisis in India” fund. The class (commonly referred to as “Bob’s Class”) not only discusses the weekly lesson but also regularly donates and plans ways to support both local and non-local projects. Funds for a non-local project usually are collected throughout the quarter and distributed at the end of the quarter. However, due to the dire medical needs in India and ADRA’s current matching fundraising drive to assist the region, the class decided to send the donation immediately.
Other non-local projects included donating $1,000 for medical bills and sending money to the Paradise church in California to help with relief efforts after the devastating fires. Local projects range from buying a much-needed mattress for someone to tackling yard work to providing minor home repairs to building a handicap-accessible ramp. The small class of some 20 members faithfully donate money to the fund and, as they learn of someone’s need—both in the church and community—their dollars (as well as time and skills) complete local projects throughout the quarter.
Class members challenge other Sabbath School classes to do the same. “We encourage other classes to accept the challenge to reach out,” says one class member. “With God’s blessing, you will be surprised at what you can accomplish!”
Patricia Wheeler, Roosevelt church member