On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Breezy Point Area Women's Club met at Palmer's Grille at Deacon's Lodge for lunch and to learn about Bridges of Hope.

The speaker, Andrea Martin, told of how in 2002, area churches formed a board of interested individuals to create a plan for working together to help people in need. Bridges of Hope is a faith-based service for families in crisis, showing God's love to others.

In 2009, Bridges of Hope opened a charity thrift store in Baxter, Common Goods, as a way to financially support a portion of its work with families. A second store was opened in 2014 in Crosslake. Forty-seven percent of program costs for Bridges of Hope now comes from these stores.

If you or someone you know is in need of resources, Bridges of Hope can help. It provides for many areas of need and has strong working relationships with local human service agencies and organizations. If you would like to help, donations, volunteering and shopping at Common Goods is an easy way to do that.

The next gathering will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Pelican Lakes Conservation Center for pizza and and to make Christmas craft decorations for friends at local care centers. Members and guests will meet between 11-11:30 a.m.

The women's club is also gathering donations for the women's center and the crisis center. Lists of needs have been sent out.

Anyone interested in joining should call Nancy B. at 612-867-7453 or Bonnie M. at 612-298-4315.