27 June 2009

Christmas in June

Christmas in June was today! This was a great opportunity for the near homeless in the community to come shop for much needed items. Families came on an invitation basis, and they were already lining up outside the Timberlake Outreach Center as early as 7:00 a.m., with doors opening at 10:00 a.m.!
Many wonderful volunteers came out to help families locate needed items that will supplement their income and prevent homelessness and poverty. Split into two shifts, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., these caring individuals, and groups gave up a big part of their saturday to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Over 4,100 families were invited to the event. Open Door Mission has seen a 46% increase in services at the Timberlake Outreach Center in 2009. Each family received clothing, housewares, furniture and some much needed pantry items that were provided by The Food Bank

There was live music provided by Glad Tidings, a cookout done by Open Door Mission's hospitality department. And the whole event was coordinated by volunteer Terry Brown, who started this with his wife Cindy, nine years ago.

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