30 July 2012

Never Underestimate the Timing of the Lord or the Power of a Woman on a Mission…

Retonya and co-worker Stacy saw that Open Door Mission needed fans, the shelves were empty and people were asking for fans. So they called up Open Door Mission and said what can we do? What they did was awesome. In about three days they managed to get the Woodman of the World Alpha Lodge 6124 to provide 65 new fans for those in need. In three days everyone came together to make a difference in the lives of the homeless and near homeless suffering in the summer heat. A big THANK YOU to Alpha Lodge 6124 for choosing to act and give hope and cooling fans to those they will never meet, but that have a heart of compassion for.

Open Door Mission needs fans. Almost as soon as we receive some at the back door, they are gone out the front door because the need is so great. What can you do in in three days at your church, business and organization? Would you collect fans to help those in need? You can have longer than three days; we just want to encourage you to provide some fans, bottled water or sunscreen for those in need. Please call Maggie today at 402-422-1111 or you can e-mail Maggie to start your own Beat the Heat Drive.

26 July 2012

Celebrating becoming a "Big Boy"

Matt B. just turned four years old, he is a big boy now so he celebrated by helping those younger than he. Since he no longer needs diapers or pull-ups he (and his Mom Amy) decided to celebrate the status of “Big Boy” by having friends and family donate diapers & pull-ups to Lydia House for his birthday. Though a little shy, Matt is a cutie whose family is already instilling the virtues of giving back to your community, sharing with others and compassion towards the needy. Thank you to Matt and his family for donating over 45 pounds of needed diapers to Open Door Mission.

Open Door Mission is in need of size 5 and 6 diapers and diaper wipes. Would you please consider donating to Open Door Mission so we may meet the needs of the little ones we serve-the babies and toddlers? Your donation can and will make a difference in the lives of the homeless and near homeless families served in the community and Lydia House. Please visit www.opendoormission.org to see how you can become involved. 

24 July 2012

Frederick’s Airmen Serve Their Community and Their Country!

Open Door Mission is going through bottled water at a record pace as the heat wave continues with no end in sight. 7,000 bottles of cold water are being given to many homeless and needy men, women, and children in the Heartland. People working outside and the homeless living outside are dependent on bottled water to survive this heat. 

Frederick’s Airmen, a group of airmen Sgt. Gill mentors, 
know what it is like to work out in the heat. These airmen are members of the 55 Maintenance Operations Squadron. The airmen, led by Chelsea L. and Brandon O. had a drive to collect bottled water, new visor caps and lip balm for the homeless. They collected 25 cases of bottled water as well as hats and lip balm. These young airmen are showing that compassion and caring starts in your own backyard. A BIG thank to Chelsea and Brandon for spearheading the drive, and to Sgt. Frederick Gill for his leadership and mentoring. Once again our military give us reason to be proud.

If you would like to do a Beat The Heat Drive to collect bottled water and fans drive please contact Maggie

18 July 2012

A little child shall lead them

No doubt about it I believe young people are very caring and compassionate people. Alexis W.  (in grade school) saw a need for shoes in Central/South American countries and decided to starting collecting some to send there. Then she realized that there are people in her own “backyard” that need shoes too. Alexis partnered with Open Door Mission to collect … maybe a couple of hundred shoes-she ended up collecting over 1,000 pairs! Alexis literally brought down a truckload of shoes to Open Door Mission, over 500 pairs for those we serve. Just think of all the lives she has touched here on the local mission field as well as the foreign mission field.

If you would like to help the “mission field in your own backyard” please contact me at Open Door Mission to set up your own drive to provide essential items for our clients. Show your compassion and caring, just like Alexis did.

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator
402-829-1554 or E-mail Maggie  

04 July 2012

The Hero in You

Coming from a military family with the fourth of July coming to a close, it’s hard for me not to think of the honorable men and women in uniform that paved the way before us. Those that sacrificially served and spent time away from their own families for the sake of earning my independence. They are the heroes we commemorate on holidays such as Independence Day.

I recently heard a legendary preacher state “You are somebody’s hero. You may not realize it but someone- somewhere looks up to you and admires you.” This, paired with July 4th, got me thinking…do the men, women and children that serve the Open Door Mission know that they are our heroes?

"This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you. 3No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends."
John 15:12-13

From the retired business man that puts in a dozen hours every week over the years…the alum that returns to the Open Door Mission campus to lead devotions…the classroom full of children raiding their own pantries at home and going without so that our shelves may be stocked…the waitress that works on her feet all day who later hangs up her apron to drive the Open Door Mission van and serve meals to those living along the Streets of Omaha…

Whether you have ever volunteered for even a minute, donated a single penny, or so much as whispered a prayer on our behalf…in the eyes of the hungry and homeless we serve – you are a hero. You’ve taken a moment to put someone else’s needs ahead of your own and you’ve selflessly sacrificed. For that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Thank you for being our hero,
Victoria Gaskin, Executive Assistant