Holiday Hope

Nov 12, 2015  |     |   General

     MMM…the smell of turkey or ham baking fills the house, a variety of favorite side dishes wait for their time in the oven, and the tempting pies cool down in time for dessert.  Laughter and memories being exchanged, greeting new and old friends, and the love of family surrounds.  This is how the holidays are portrayed, and for many of us it is the way they are spent.
     Holidays are for going back home or welcoming others to your home, but what if you are homeless?

     For the homeless, holidays are often lonely and full of regrets and pain.  They are often estranged from family and are seeking ways to ease their physical, emotional, and spiritual pain.  The holidays are a special kind of hurt.  That is why Open Door Mission is truly an “open door” during the holidays.  All seeking a hot, nutritious meal and a warm bed are welcome here.
     However, without the help of those that can help, we could not be able to meet the needs of so many seeking help, seeking HOPE.  Thanks to awesome donors, tireless volunteers, and dedicated staff, Open Door Mission will provide 5,000 families in the community with a complete Thanksgiving meal to fix in their own home.  For 5,000 others, there will be a Thanksgiving brunch and traditional dinner.  Each guest living at the Mission will be “adopted” and given Christmas gifts.  For the 6,000 children in the community there will be a bag of gifts, including books, a blanket, a hat, a scarf, and gloves.  All of this can only be done because God’s people love, and love unconditionally those who need the most love.  This is the spirit of the holidays, to love and give as Christ did: unconditionally.
     So as the commercial once said, ”We’ll leave the light on for you”…the light of Jesus, showing the way to hope through Open Door Mission.

Maggie Cope
Community Relations Coordinator