Bruton Parish Church donated $50,000 to outreach charities in 2011. This brings to just over $2 million the total outreach grants since the Bruton Parish Gift Shop was founded in 1995. The shop was established for the sole purpose of outreach to help people in need in the community, the nation and the world.
"What a marvelous milestone in the ministry of the Bruton Parish Shop, reaching the $2,000,000 mark after 16 years of commitment and hard work. This moment is a testament to the shop leadership, volunteers, and to the parish who value caring for this Williamsburg community and beyond," said The Rev. Christopher Epperson, rector.
One hundred percent of profits of the Bruton Parish Shop help those in need. Over the lifetime of the shop, grants have been made to 230 charities, schools, colleges, and churches. Recipients in 2011 were: Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic, Appalachia Service Project, Avalon, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Virginia Peninsula, Boys’ Home, Chanco on the James, Christ House, Colonial CASA, Eastern State Hospital, Episcopal Relief and Development, FISH, Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, Grove Christian Outreach Center, Hospice House and Support, Jackson-Feild Homes, Kiwanis Club Toys for Local Kids, Lackey Free Clinic, Menchville House Ministries, Old Towne Medical Center, Peninsula Agency on Aging, Saint Paul's College, Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Williamsburg Faith in Action, Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels.
The shop is staffed almost entirely by volunteers -- and not just from Bruton but throughout the Williamsburg area. These volunteers contribute 13,000 hours of volunteer time each year. Open 358 days a year, the shop welcomes all visitors and local residents as friends to help extend the outreach mission through the sale of religious, spiritual or inspirational books, cards and gifts as well as the specialized and thoughtful merchandise in the Christmas Shop and Garden Shop.
Bruton Parish Shop keeps the gift of giving going all year long. The shop is always looking for more local customers and volunteers from throughout the community to help raise money for the needy locally and around the world.
Bruton Parish Shop Pioneers (left to right):
Ann Gregory; Carol Weaver, Shop Manager; Beverly Kelly; and Jim Mundy
Left to right: Ron Hurst, Senior Warden; Jim Parrish, 2011 Chairman, Outreach Grants Committee; Scottie Phillips, Chairman, Shop Committee; The Rev. Chris Epperson, Rector.