LIBERTY — In an effort to live out its mission of carrying out social, intellectual, educational, charitable, benevolent, moral, fraternal, patriotic or religious purposes for the benefit of members and the public, Thrivent Financial Services, supported Synergy Services by paying for the support organization's booth rental fee for the Liberty Fall Festival and by providing hundreds of care packages for Synergy's domestic violence victims and children in need.
“We were just thrilled of the support they gave to us,” said Synergy Service's Corky McCaffrey. “... They provided 200 care packages with 100 for kids and another 100 for those domestic violence victims.”
Care packages included personal care and hygiene items that often maybe left behind when women and their children flee abusive and violent situations.
“When you are leaving a situations like that, you often aren't thinking of all of the things you or would be thinking of that it takes to get us ready before we head out the door in the morning. … They often leave with the clothes on their back and so there are often a lot of things they just don't have and need when they come to us,” said McCaffrey, adding in addition to needed items, Thrivent volunteers packed thoughtful items that victims would want and use.
“They even had these great fingernail polish things in there,” she said.
By providing hundreds of care packages and vendor booth fees for Liberty Fall Festival, McCaffrey said it meant her team could focus on getting the word out that services are available and that funds that would have spent on personal items can go towards other efforts to help those in need, which was much needed.
“We are just so grateful for them for doing that and it was wonderful for them to have provided the table for us,” she said.
“Nicole Hodge of Thrivent financial said as a nonprofit Christian organization, Thrivent was happy to help those who need it most.
“It was a great opportunity for us to giveback and live out our mission,” she said. “The fall festival offers a lot of interesting opportunities and we thought it would be a good way to give back.”