Thank you for your interest in wanting to make a difference in our local community!

Below is information for ways you can give more.

Holiday Giving Opportunities

Traditionally, Thornapple’s LMDJ team has collected donated gifts for the Degage Christmas Store. These gifts stock Degage’s Christmas Store where the homeless can shop for their families. Proceeds from the store are used to purchase bus passes for the Degage patrons.

Even though we aren’t meeting in person to collect gifts, we’re encouraging you to continue supporting this ministry in the following ways:

Consider helping the least of these this Christmas.



Safe Haven Giving Opportunity Thru Dec. 31 
Help restock Safe Haven’s emergency safe shelter with items to provide safety and comfort for those who will call Safe Haven their home this holiday season. Shop for items from their Amazon wish list of items and they will be sent directly to Safe Haven.

Family Promise

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Family Promise has suspended at church hosting through 2020 (families will be put in temporary housing in hotels; please consider donating to the work of Family Promise to help cover these unexpected costs).

Donate Blood | Blood Drive

Partnership with Thornapple Covenant Church and Cascade Fellowship

Working with our neighbor church, Cascade Fellowship, we are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive every other month from now until May 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an appointment is needed. Go here to make an appointment (search by zip code and select desired date at Thornapple or Cascade Fellowship – there are multiple slots for each time so spouses can sign up together, you just need two accounts) – allow more time than normal to donate as there are added safety procedures in place.

Volunteers will be needed to help with the drive: loading/unloading supplies; greeting and screening donors; serving post-donations snacks.

Contact Beth Van Over with questions.

Future Blood Drive Dates, 11am-5pm each day: 

  • Nov. 30, 2020 at Thornapple (this is the Monday following Thanksgiving)
  • Jan. 25, 2021 at Cascade Fellowship
  • March 29, 2021 at Thornapple
  • May 24, 2021 at Cascade Fellowship
    Note: Donors can give every 56 days so these are spaced so you can give each time.

In the Image Donations

If your household is symptom-free, In the Image is seeking unopened basic need items such as: soap, shampoo/conditioner, hand lotion, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, CDC-recommended cleaning supplies, paper towels, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, diapers/wipes, formula, underwear and socks. Fill out this form to request a drop-off appointment.

Ideas for Serving

Food Pantries are being used more than ever right now because of the number of people out of work. Consider helping them out! Go here to pick a pantry you would like to help out, contact them to find out what their needs are and then donate food items to them


Nursing homes and retirement communities are going through difficult times these days. The residents are lonely because visitors are restricted or not allowed at all. The workers are overwhelmed between caring for the residents and being there for them in place of family members who cannot come in. You can help! Pick a nursing home. Contact them and tell them you’d like to send notes to residents and workers to encourage them. Ask how they would like you to address the notes. Then send cards to residents to brighten up their days. Send cards to workers encouraging them and thanking them for their service to our senior community. Adults and children can participate in this opportunity to make a difference.