S O S - SERVING OUR SAVIOR
By Patti Goodrum, Executive Director, Love In the Name of Christ of Nacogdoches
Each year we experience the blessings of ‘Christmas giving’ from so many people from our community. And each year we are all amazed how so many people are willing to give from their hearts. As Jesus explains that it is not how much we give, but that we give the best that we can, and with a ‘giving heart’. Our hearts are so full and we are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude.
Our Christmas Shared Blessings event was a wonderful blessing. Many volunteers showed up and made the day such a success. Our prayer corners were busy as many had specific prayer needs We served 170+ families and over 400 children. We have had a continuous flow of donations of toys, clothes, and monetary gifts to purchase gifts for children. Our office door has been more like a revolving door for several days. Seeing some our regulars who stop by is such a pleasure to hug and hear about their lives! And, the pleasure of meeting new folks who want to know all about Love INC is a treat for sure. One particular very sweet lady had a Christmas party for her friends and instead of giving each other presents, they brought 36 new pairs of pajamas for boys and girls and donated them to Christmas Blessings! Just the greatest idea!!
Several Sunday school classes have brought toys and given monetary gifts to us. Another blessing came as we witnessed a volunteer who serves as a mentor for one of our Fresh Start clients. She is intentionally building a loving God-filled relationship with this client and her three children. This mom has her hands full raising three children alone, keeping her job, with no car, and no family that can help. The mentor spent some time in the dollar store putting together stockings full of very specific books and toys that were fun yet educational and very thoughtful gifts.
As a side note, volunteers who are planning our Fundraiser CHAIRished Blessings, February 2, 2018 are in and out as well. Several churches and individuals are working in our warehouse putting together some very exciting booths for our silent auction in February. Just a hint; garden rooms, man caves, bedrooms, and more are being planned!! Mark your calendars for February 10th, tickets go on now. Go to our web site and purchase our tickets on line. Reserve your tables quickly. We are doing many things differently this year!
All this going on and regular assistance applications coming in. If we cannot verify they can help themselves at some point, we cannot serve them. Much of our funding is designated. We have protocols, procedures and processes in place. Balancing our hearts and the desire to help all who ask is a task we give much prayer and thought to before we make a decision. Continue to pray for people in need and how we can minister to them as we serve their needs. If you would like to give to our depleted ‘Help Neighbor’ fund, write Help Neighbor in the memo line of your check.
Other validated requests are for new or gently used:
Twin, Full, and Queen size blankets
Heaters, Heaters, Heaters
Silverware and Utensils
Bathroom towels and washcloths
Pots and Pans
Twin and Full Beds Needed
Small dining tables and chairs
Dressers or Chest of Drawers
HOW TO DONATE
P.O. Box 630423
Nacogdoches, TX 75963
PayPal on our website Home Page
You and your church are invited to be a part of Love In the Name of Christ to help us meet these needs. Come serve with us!
QUALIFYING THE NEED
The Love INC staff spends much time verifying, validating and ensuring that all requests made by people in need are legitimate.
S.O.S. (Serving Our Savior)