25 November 2008

Mail Call!

Mail at Open Door Mission is never predictable, always exciting, and often brings great joy to our hearts.

Here's a sample of yesterday's mail call...

"Candace, Like I told you on the phone, I saw your commercial Nov. 20th about needing turkeys for poor people on Thanksgiving, just as I was leaving the house to play Turkey Bingo at my church.

"On my way, I prayed, 'God, please let me win a turkey tonight. If I win one, I will donate it to Open Door Mission'.

"Well, God let me win...not just one, but TWO! So I got to keep one turkey for myself, and donate one to you!"

Love, Amy (not her real name)

Another letter caught our eye...

"To Staff of Open Door Mission,

"This is a very simple thank you note to all of the staff members at the Mission for saving my life one week ago today.

"It is impossible to express everything I would like to say in a short note, so I hope you all will understand that the depth of my gratitude to all of you goes far deeper than the few words written here.

"With the opportunity that you and God granted me to make changes in my life, I pray that one day I will be able to repay you in some way for your help.

Sincerely, Joe (not his real name)

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20 November 2008

From a Volunteer...

I just wanted to tell you thank you for all that you do, both by helping the Omaha Metro community, and by educating us.

I teach 5th grade in the area, and last night some of my students dropped off blankets and turkeys for a student council project with their Star Council leader. Today, when they came into class, they shared with the rest of the students everything they had seen and heard and all the hard work that the Open Door Mission and Lydia House are doing. I was impressed, not only by how informed they were, but also on how affected they were. They came back and encouraged the other students in my class to find a way to help.

Many years ago, my church youth group volunteered at Lydia House, so I was aware of all the great work that was being done there, but I want to thank you and everyone there for doing something else for me.

Thank you for opening up your doors to educate my students about your cause.
Thank you for giving them something to care about, a cause to believe in, when it seems like so much today encourages them to be apathetic towards the world around them.
Thank you so much for making an impact. I honestly don’t think I could put into words how much such a small act has meant to me today.

Thank you again.

Kara Garcia

04 November 2008

Trans Siberian Orchestra

Thank You to the Trans Siberian Orchestra KQBW & KGOR for your generosity to the Hungry and Homeless in our community