“It meant so much to all of them that our group spent time with them.”
Everyone’s invited and encouraged to participate in Family Missions Day on Saturday, November 15. Before we present the details on that, here’s a little background on the powerful missions outreach that happened on October 25.
We wanted everyone to know what a wonderful experience we had on Saturday, October 25 at the Families Together center for homeless single parents and their children and the LIFE center, a transition home for young men transitioning out of foster care into independent living. With both groups we provided dinner; but more importantly to them, we served them, ate with them, and stayed for several hours.
[Image above: Family Missions Day volunteers making mats for the homeless at our September event. Family Missions day is for all ages!]
Some of our youth played with the kids from the Families Together program, providing both a well deserved break for the parents and a wonderful experience for the kids. Some of our adults met with the young men in the LIFE center and provided a great mentoring experience and showed them that there are people who care about them and are there to help. This was the first group to serve at the LIFE center.
Members of The Journey class helped furnish and setup the center last year. The director pointed out that groups will drop off food, but they don’t come in and interact with the residents like we did. It meant so much to all of them that our group spent time with them. Many of our volunteers in both areas have created some bonds that are going to continue well into the future. It was a very special evening for everyone involved.
November 15: World Relief Thanksgiving Festival
Join us for the next event on Saturday, November 15. We will be helping with the World Relief Thanksgiving Festival at the World Relief Clubhouse at LaDera Palms Apartments (4500 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, 76119) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They need help with their festival where they will serve about 200-300 refugees. We will be helping with games, a bounce house, crafts, passing out food baskets, and sharing with them about our Thanksgiving traditions. We need a lot of volunteers of all ages for this event. If anyone can help provide face painting or any other type of special talent for this event, or carnival-type games such as bean bag toss, football throw, etc., please contact Donna Crawford. Also, please email Donna if you plan to help that day so we can plan for a pizza lunch.
Look for a box outside the Family Life Center for where we are seeking donations of the following items: big bags of rice, bags of beans, cans of corn, tomato paste, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, salt and pepper. We will use these items to begin putting together Thanksgiving Food Baskets for this event. The refugees are from all over the world and are not familiar with our traditional Thanksgiving foods, so the World Relief organization puts together baskets of things with which the refugees are more familiar. More lists will follow in November for perishable items.
Saturday December 13: Children’s Missions Event
On Saturday December 13 after Breakfast with Santa until 2:30 p.m. all children aged 5 years through 5th grade are invited to stay to help with packing Snack Sacks and providing a special treat for Christmas. (Parents, hopefully this will give you a little free time during this busy month. And, if you have infants or preschool kids, they are welcome to stay after Breakfast With Santa in our nursery from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) The Family Missions Day kids will pack Snacks Sacks, have lunch, play some games, and watch a movie. Youth, we need you to volunteer to help with this event and you will get service hours! Watch for registration for all ages of kids next week.
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