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Author: Digital Douglasshaw

Just 3 Gifts

As Christmas approaches we start frantically shopping for gifts. We want to get that perfect gifts for that special person. We often get so busy we forget why we give to others. It is not the amount of money we spend; it is the blessing of bringing joy to someone. To help the Open Door Mission

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Clean Out that Closet!

The holidays are a good time to clean out those closets. Cleaning them out now serves a two-fold purpose…you get space for all the new Christmas gifts and your gently used items can benefit those that shop at the Timberlake Outreach Center. During the winter children’s outgrown, boots, coats and snow suits are much needed

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A Tree With a Difference

Jack Frost’s cold winds are nipping at little fingers and big ones too! At Open Door Mission we have people coming and going all winter. We have children that tend to lose their mittens, just like the three little kittens. In other words we need lots of mittens (and gloves). Do you decorate a tree

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Making a List, Checking It Twice

It is crunch time for Christmas gift buying, especially for the thousands of children living in poverty. Because there are so many children in need Santa needs help, your help. Project Santa is a program at Open Door Mission helps families living in poverty “shop” for their children’s Christmas. Your donation of new unwrapped toys

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Unsuspected Blessings

Several of the staff at Open Door Mission teach a class for the New Live Recovery Program along with their other duties. Teaching a class is a joy as we see our guests grow strong in their faith and recovery. Here is a “snippet of joy” from one of the teachers. “I just want to

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A Special Advent Calendar

Most of us are familiar with Advent calendars. Children love the ones that have piece of candy or other treat. There are some “adult” ones that count down the time you have to have everything ready for the holiday (I call them stress calendars). I would like to share a special Advent calendar that the

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Pray with Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, Thursday November 28th, is Thanks giving Day. It is a time to pause and remember all our blessing throughout the year. It should be a “family affair”, where even children can give thanks for the blessings in their life. Prayer and being thankful go hand-in-hand. Praying is just talking to God, not some bombastic

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Thoughts From the Schoolyard

I am blessed to speak to various middle and high schools in the area about homelessness. The students often write me notes about what they learned and how the information has affected them. I am always amazed the most of the young people have no concept of the effect of homelessness on society and their

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Sharing the Bounty

Open Door Mission relies on the help of our volunteers to share the bounty of their time and talents.   Throughout the year we are blessed to have a variety of volunteers make a difference, sometimes they never see the fruits of their labor. Our garden is a prime example. Volunteers get it ready for planting.

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Thoughts From the Schoolyard

I am blessed to speak to various middle and high schools in the area about homelessness. The students often write me notes about what they learned and how the information has affected them. I am always amazed the most of the young people have no concept of the effect of homelessness on society and their

» keep reading
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