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JOY Project #1

Week of May 2nd - May 6th


This week we will be collecting some homemade love in the form of cookies and baked goods for the staff at Paoli Hospital. There will be a bin outside the front doors of Paoli Presbyterian Church from Sunday, May 2nd through Thursday, May 6th from 9am-5pm.

You can drop the cookies off anytime between those times. 

The cookies will be delivered to the hospital on the afternoon of Friday, May 7th. 

How to do it:  

Please wash your hands well before making cookies. If you have a mask, please wear one while baking. This helps keep germs out of the cookies (and reminds us to not lick the batter) and is a sign of solidarity as these hospital staff are wearing masks for 8-12 hours at a time. 


Please place 2-3 cookies into individual bags. Label each small bag with what kind of cookies they are and/or if there are nuts, peanut butter, gluten free, etc. Place all your individual cookie bags into one larger bag with your name written on it.

Place that bag into the bin at church.  


Don’t forget to take pictures so we can share in the baking joy with you!

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JOY Project #2

Week of May 9th (Mothers’ Day) - May 13th


This Mothers’ Day, we’re going to show some love moms and kids in need by supporting Cityteam. In-kind donations will go to support their ‘Forward’ transitional housing program for women.

This program supports women, mothers, and children who are transitioning out of addiction and homelessness. Your donations will furnish the kitchen and other living spaces in their new home.  


How to do it:

You can let your fingers do the walking with this one! Select your desired gift from Cityteam’s Amazon wishlist. Make sure you pick the tab on the left-hand side that says ‘Cityteam Chester Women’s Forward Housing (Kitchen).’ Select your gift and have it sent to Paoli Presbyterian Church at 225 S. Valley Road, Paoli Pa, 19301.

We will gather the gifts and drop them off on Friday, 5/13.   

Graduation Hat Throw

JOY Project #3

Week of May 17th - May 23rd


This week’s Joy Project will focus on blessing our graduating high school seniors. Think back to your own senior year in high school. Remember all those special moments: your senior prom, your last athletic competition, the countless hours spent with friends in the cafeteria. Sadly, this year’s graduating seniors have had a very different story. We want to offer our encouragement and blessing to them at the end of this topsy-turvy year. We will collect personalized gifts to offer to each of them as we celebrate them this year.  


How to do it: Look at the list of possible gifts below, or just buy a gift you wish you’d had when you started your college education. WE WELCOME CREATIVITY!  

Bring them by the church on Sunday, May 23rd for our ‘senior appreciation parade.’ Cars will drive by the graduating seniors and offer their gifts one by one as a show of support and encouragement.  


Don’t forget to take pictures so we can share in the joy with you! Send pictures to 

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  • To go containers and Ziploc bags for bringing snacks along on those long days 

  • Water bottle 

  • Tea/coffee travel mug 

  • Pens (blue, black, red) 

  • Highlighters 

  • Multicolored tabs for note taking 

  • Calculator 

  • Stapler 

  • 3 hole punch 

  • Binders and binder paper/notebooks 

  • Index cards 

  • Sticky notes 

  • Scissors 

  • Permanent markers 

  • Tape: scotch and duct tape 

  • Desktop organizer 

  • Two sets of plates, bowls, forks, and spoons for late night snacking 

  • A collection of starter snacks like crackers, granola bars, popcorn, peanut butter, instant oatmeal, and any other favorites. Don’t forget tea bags, too. 

  • Small handheld vacuum 

  • Disinfectant wipes 

  • Small trash can 

  • Paper towels 

  • All purpose surface spray 

  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets 

  • Stain stick 

Colorful Book Spines

JOY Project #4

Week of May 24th - May 28th


Our final project is all about BOOKS. We’ll be sponsoring a book drive that will benefit three schools in the Philadelphia school district—two elementary schools (Clara Barton and Feltonville Intermediate) and one junior high school (Feltonville Arts and Sciences). Each of these schools has seen students fall behind in reading during the pandemic, simply because they didn’t have access to many books at home. Your donation of K-8 books will help a student catch up with grade level and move ahead in their education!  


How to do it: find an age-appropriate K-8 book, of any type you like. It can be brand-new or gently used. Then drop it off in the bins outside the church between 9-5, Monday May 24th through Friday May 28th.  


Don’t forget to take pictures so we can share in the joy with you! Send pictures to 

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