John’s Outreach Ministry raises over $2,500 in 2016 for Narcan Kits
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[January 20, 2017]
- On Thursday morning, Pastor Kenneth Kramer of St. John United
Church of Christs in Lincoln received a check for $231.80 from Bobbi
Reddix, manager of ReNew Consignment & Thrift. This check represents
a percentage of sales from a fundraiser held at the shop from
October 1st through December 31st to benefit the NARCAN Kit Project.
With this check the donations from fundraisers which began on
February 21, 2016 and ran throughout the year have totaled
$2,569.70. The money has been used to purchase Narcan Kits that will
go into local first responder vehicles. The drug Narcan is an
effective counter-measure for victims of heroin overdoes. Through
timely administration of the drug, many lives may be saved in Logan
Among those who lent their support to the fundraising efforts was
the Lincoln Rotary who donated a check for $290.
Other fundraisers held throughout 2016 include:
- February 21 - Culver’s fundraiser - $332.31
- March 13 - St. John Potato Bar - $229.
- March 20 - Save a Life Donations - $210.
- April - Rotary Fundraiser at IGA $290.
- April - ReNew Thrift & Consignment fundraiser - $301.00
- May 15 - Bake Sale & 50/50 drawing at Logan Lanes - $253.70
- May 15 - Logan Lanes Bowling Fundraiser - $50.
- July 30 - Craft and Vendor Show at St. John UCC - $479.00
- August 21 - Culver’s fundraiser - $192.89
- December 31 - ReNew Thrift & Consignment fundraiser -
The check presented to the church on Thursday was immediately
given over to Bobbi Langellier, Health Educator/Emergency
Preparedness Coordinator from the Logan County Department of
Public Health by Tonita Reifsteck, representing St. John’s
The outreach Ministry team has worked hard to keep the need for
donations to this important cause in the public eye. Those who
have served on the committee this past year include: Sandy
Meinershagen, chair; Jack & Nancy Leich, Lois Leonard, Dan Row,
Suzanne Tockey, Lee Westerfield and Jim and Leslie Wilmert, and
With hopes that possible state funding will be available for
kits to be supplied as needed, St. John has offered to continue
its involvement in this community program by changing the
direction of support.
The current need is helping fund the treatment program for those
who volunteer to be connected to a treatment center as chosen by
the local program, where accommodations are available.
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Pastor Kramer, on behalf of the
church and Outreach Ministry presents certificates of appreciation to Reddix and
Following the Thursday check presentation, Langellier issued the following
statement regarding the need for fundraising efforts to continue, and what
future donations will be used for.
“After all the remarkable efforts taken by the community to raise money to
purchase Narcan for our local police departments, we are now looking to direct
our efforts towards a more proactive approach.
“At this time, we would like to utilize future donated monies to go into a
general opioid treatment assistance fund. This would allow the money to assist
the local police department to implement and fund a program that would get
community members seeking treatment for addiction to an appropriate facility.
“Expenses could include purchasing gas gift cards for volunteers driving someone
to a treatment facility, as these can be as far away as Chicago, or co-pays that
may be required for an individual to enter a treatment facility.
“The Logan County Department of Public Health greatly appreciates the generosity
of the community and St. Johns Church for their encouragement, time, and
donations to combat the opioid/heroin epidemic sweeping the nation.”
This support began with a fundraiser at Culver’s on January 15 with members of
the LCHS National Honor Society - Sam Birnbaum, Autumn Hoffert, Jake Kirgan,
Eric Nguyen and Emerie Wieber helping.
The public is encouraged to join in any effort to help make this community
support program work.