Thanks to everyone who participated in gift collection/adopt-a-family type events this month. We were blessed to help spread some Christmas cheer to several needy families in the local area.
Two groups – the Youth Group, and David Lebby and a couple of his friends – sponsored families referred to us by the Pregnancy Resource Center. They took Christmas wish lists provided by the families, and then went shopping for them. The Stout small group sponsored the Real Life Center by purchasing needed items that the RLC clothing closet was out of, to include underwear, socks, and athletic shoes.
Thank you to everyone for your generosity.
D lives in Peachtree City with his wife and 4 children. He lost his construction job about a year ago because of the economic downturn. His wife works, but her pay is not enough to support the family. D was able to find another job with less pay, but it was at least enough to get them by. A few months ago he suffered an injury which has prevented him from working, and which will now require surgery to repair. Although he was put on short term disability, the loss of income has put them 3 months behind on their mortgage. As a result, his mortgage company served him a foreclosure notice. After surgery he is looking at being out of work for an additional 8 weeks. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to pay for 2 of the 3 months of overdue mortgage payments.
Thanks to everyone who helped make our Toys-for-Tots event at Marnelle Mobile Home Park a great success. It was a fun-filled, but busy week…from picking out gifts at the warehouse, to the wrapping party where we wrapped approximately 400 presents, to the gift distribution event at Marnelle where we handed out hot chocolate and cookies to the parents and kids who showed up to get their presents from Santa.
A special thanks to our friends and partners at Grace Evangelical Church who coordinated the event, and hosted us at the wrapping party.
Thanks to everyone who braved the cold weather and came out to assist Grace Evangelical Church and theReal Life Center today in conducting a Mobile Food Pantry on the grounds of Grace Evangelical. Volunteers packed and distributed bags of grocery items provided by the Atlanta Food Bank. Approximately 203 needy Fayette County families were served.
Thanks to everyone who donated new t-shirts to our collection for the homeless in Griffin. We collected a total of 38 t-shirts that will be handed out on the streets of Griffin prior to Christmas.
Mike Stout’s small group spent Friday evening in Griffin cooking for and serving 12 homeless men, women, and children staying at the House of Hope homeless shelter. The House of Hope is a Salvation Army homeless shelter that provides emergency housing for men, women, and families. They are open 7 days/wk from 4:30pm-8:00am, and serve breakfast and dinner.
We made a donation to Fayette Senior Services’ Project Love campaign. This is our third year supporting this effort. Funds raised by this campaign augment FSS’s Meals on Wheels program by enabling them to provide holiday meals for over 250 recipients. Funds are also used to provide doctor-prescribed dietary supplements and “shelf meals” (meals that do not need refrigeration).
Our Operation Christmas Child gift collection was a great success! Thank you to everyone who donated a Christmas shoebox. We collected 30 boxes that will be shipped to needy children worldwide.
Operation Christmas Child is a ‘global Christmas gift exchange’ project operated by Samaritan’s Purse. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world by collecting and distributing shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other gifts as Christmas gifts to millions of children each year.
Thanks to everyone who braved the cold weather and came out to assist Grace Evangelical Church and the Real Life Center today in conducting a Mobile Food Pantry on the grounds of Grace Evangelical. Volunteers packed and distributed bags of grocery items provided by the Atlanta Food Bank. Approximately 222 needy Fayette County families were served.
A and his wife live in Peachtree City with their 7 children. He is currently out of work but is doing odd jobs to make money. His wife is unable to work due to health issues and is pending a decision on disability. Two of his older sons also have medical issues that prevent them from working. One is already on disability, and the other is pending a disability decision. When he came into the Real Life Center for help his power had already been turned off, and as a result he could not heat his home. He had some money left, but not enough to turn the power back on. The Real Life Center asked if we could help since they had already helped the family earlier this year. We were blessed to be able to pay the balance of the fee required to get their power turned back on that day.