I am reminded of what the apostle Paul stated in Acts 20:35 (NIV), "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" This Thanksgiving, we experienced the blessed joy in giving. Jesus Saves Ministries partnered with Compliments of Ree Hair Salon, located in Mudd Plaza, to provide food baskets to needy families at Thanksgiving. We give a big thank you to Cheri Barlett, owner for hosting our donations box in her shop. Her clientele responded in a major way with donations even after the deadline. One lady suggested that we include Bibles, something we were already planning to do. We included Daily Breads in each basket as well. We have a goal to feed five families. However, we were about to supply baskets to feed a total of seven families, including four families at the Garden Variety Women's Transitional Home (photo below).
Here is feedback from three recipients:
An anonymous single mother stated: "I hate having to ask for help, especially since my children and I were helping people with Thanksgiving and Christmas last year...We went three months without utilities only to get them on a couple of weeks ago with the help of Liheap. I'm unable to get Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas presents, or anything. I am so appreciative for this basket."
After delivering a basket and turkey, Rev. Michael Lee posted on Facebook:
"Thank you, thank you" is what was said to my wife and I as we delivered the Thanksgiving basket from Jesus Saves Ministries and a turkey donated by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Theta Omega Chapter, to a mother and her three little children. Thanks to all who contributed to this worthy cause.