December Blessings

Dec 12, 2009  |     |   General

We have had a great couple of weeks at Open Door Mission. The first week of December, we registered over 4,500 children for Project Santa. Twenty-six percent of those we registered had never received services from Open Door Mission before. Another 47% showed that this was only the second time they came to us for service. It was interesting to visit with some of those first timers. They were so grateful to have us in the community to help in their time of need.

This week, ConAgra came to Open Door Mission to “Shine the light on Hunger”. In just a 3 hour period, we served over 2,000 meals. We left the Timberlake Outreach Center open that evening, so the community could utilize their trip to east Omaha. Open Door Mission, with the help of Payless Shoe Source, was able to provide 200 children with new shoes. Many of the men, women, and children were also able to receive a new winter coat.

I normally work during the day and usually only go to the main mission building to give a tour or for a special event. The dinner was held on Thursday—one day after the storm. During my visit, one of the employees from Men’s Emergency Service told me that we slept about 300 men in emergency services on Wednesday night. I have been keeping stats a long time at the mission and I believe this is one of the largest crowds we have had. We were glad to provide even the smallest space on the floor for these men.

With the number of men, women, and children we are serving, Open Door Mission is in desperate need of blankets, linens, and pillows. Many of the men that night did not have anything thing to sleep on except for a coat, or the clothes they had with them. If you have any of these gently used or new items, please consider donating them to Open Door Mission.

We continue to be very grateful for the generosity of those in the Heartland. We could not serve those in need without your assistance.

Karen Applegate
Advancement Director