Gratitude

Oct 19, 2010  |     |   General

Today is Kings Kloset at Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center and that means many low income families in our community come to shop. One such person was Shirley, I hadn’t seen her shopping here for a while so it was nice to visit with her and catch up on what was new in her life at this time.

Shirley brought her beautiful little three year old granddaughter with her today and as we talked I discovered that she is now raising her and one of the major reasons she came in to shop was clothes for her granddaughter and herself today. This little girl was as happy as a lark because Grandma had taken her to our toy area and she had picked out a stuffed bunny which she held in one arm and a baby doll in the other. It was such a joy to watch this little girl mother her new found friends. In the process of visiting with Shirley I asked her if she would share how the Timberlake Outreach Center has helped her in the past. This is what she shared:

“I have been coming to the Timberlake Outreach Center off and on for about the last three years and shopping here has helped me stretch my income and receive things I would not otherwise be able to get like: One time I needed a queen size mattress and I didn’t have the money to get one. I was so blessed to get one in such good condition. Along with that I was able to get some sheets and blankets that day. I have received food pantries here along with, at times, getting bread, cereal and milk on the Kings Kloset floor. To some this might seem like a little thing but, to someone who has nothing it is such a blessing.”

Shirley said she also “loves to come to hear the chapel message because the focus is always on Christ and it gives her hope for not only her present situation but also her future. All in all it is a real blessing to be able to come to the Timberlake Outreach Center.”

Many like Shirley are grateful for people like you who give to Open Door Mission so we in turn might give it out to families who are in extreme crisis or nearly homeless. I to am grateful and just wanted you to know your gifts and donations are not only appreciated but are making a difference in preventing homelessness and helping families in extreme crisis.

Joyfully serving Jesus,
Judy Collins
Director of Timberlake Outreach Center

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