CAER (Community Aid Elk River) is a non-profit, community-based Christian organization, whose mission is to provide emergency food, clothing, and special assistance to individuals and families in need. They are located just 2 miles from our church on Proctor Avenue. Central is one of the founding members of CAER and we have a responsibility as a congregation to assist those in our own community.
CAER served 35 – 40% more families in 2008 than in 2007 due to the downturn in the economy, and 2009 is similar so far. In the past, CAER has been able to get most of their food needs filled inexpensively through the local Second Harvest food bank. However needs have increased everywhere so Second Harvest has imposed limits on certain foods and has run out of some all together. In addition, Second Harvest does not supply daily living essentials such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, laundry and dish detergent, feminine products, etc.
Below are two ways you can get involved today with this important mission.
The 4th Sunday of each month is designated as CAER Sunday. We’ll be asking you to bring 1 or 2 specific items that CAER needs urgently. Our goal is to have a huge stockpile of these items to bring directly to CAER. Watch your bulletin for the item list.
Many of you may have seen the grocery cart near the main entrance of the church. Each week CAER has a set of urgently needed items – urgent means that the food shelf has run out. We plan to put this list in the bulletin every week with the hope that we can fill the grocery carts with these items or others.