Every year, the Thanksgiving season serves as a reminder to reflect on the many blessings we’ve received. And here at City Rescue Mission, we’ve noticed that the gratitude of this season often leads people in the community to give back. Volunteering during the holidays has become a family tradition for many. Local companies and churches have also adopted the tradition of helping at the Mission during this season. On Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, CRM hosts banquets serving traditional holiday meals to those who may not otherwise have them. Although these banquets are hosted at CRM, our volunteers are the true hosts. At each banquet families, companies and churches host tables, which includes decorating the table, providing dessert and sharing a delicious meal with those being served. This has become an annual tradition for many—more than half of the tables are hosted by past volunteers! In fact, thanks to the support of generous people like you, we have volunteers for every table this year!
“ We consider it a true blessing to be able to serve and be a part of that special time of year with the people at the City Rescue Mission.”
—The Perry family
Time – Talents – Treasures
can also be written as:
Lawn Care – Bake Sale – Lemonade Stand
This summer through the acts of a few amazing kids in the community, we have seen how time, talents and treasures can be used to help others.
TIME > LAWN CARE
Tucker Nail, age 12
Worked for his dad this summer in his lawn and landscaping business. Tucker would get paid for the time he worked then he would set aside 10% of that to donate. His parents had been teaching him the importance of giving to people who are less fortunate. After finding the City Rescue Mission online and looking over the website, Tucker decided this is where he wanted his money to go. Tucker not only donated money to help others but in a way was donating his TIME as well.
TALENTS > BAKE SALE
These three young ladies baked brownies and cookies this summer. They then proceeded to go door to door selling their baked goods. A happy dance would even break out when the girls made a sale! This summer they made and donated $192. These girls used the talents they have to make delicious treats as well as helping those around them.
TREASURES > LEMONADE STAND
Pierce Kuhn, age 7
Pierce has been curious about homelessness ever since he came across a man begging on the street near his house. Out of his desire to help those in need and with the guidance of his parents, Pierce started a lemonade stand to raise money for the City Rescue Mission. This began in 2014 and Pierce has been doing it every summer since.
The first year he raised $60.
The following year $324.
This year Pierce came to the mission with a check of $1,000!
These kids used the resources they have to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves. We are honored to be able to share and be a part of their stories. What a great reminder to look beyond our own needs and use the gifts we have been given to make a difference in our own community.
How will you use your lawn care, bake sale, and lemonade stand to help others today?
St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” God’s will is for us to love Him and others well and seek Him to help us grow. By figuring out what He has uniquely created us for, we can truly come alive. Here are some ways to get started:
- Pray. Jeremiah 29:13 says if we seek the Lord with our whole heart, we’ll find Him.
- Ask questions. At the end of your life what things will make you say “that was a life well lived”?
- Take a step. Identify where the world’s greatest needs and your greatest passions intersect–then take action.
During this process you may discover your passions align with City Rescue Mission. Would you consider becoming a volunteer or remembering us in your will? You could also consider giving appreciated stock. It’s a practical way to exercise good stewardship, fulfill a personal passion and create eternal impact.
For more on becoming “fully alive,” request our free bulletin.
For the full version of this article, ask for a FREE copy of “How to Say Yes to God’s Call” by contacting Treina Castleberry at 405-232-2709 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org—or bless your family today with a God-honoring will at www.christianwill.org/crmok
Here at City Rescue Mission, we cherish the opportunity to support and encourage those who have served our country. Every year we have around 200 veterans come through our doors. Many of them come to City Rescue without an awareness of the benefits that are available to them. Our amazing case managers are able to connect them with these benefits and get them the support they need to thrive.
City Rescue works closely with our local V.A. in an effort to coordinate the distribution of care and benefits. The V.A. comes to our campus every two weeks to help us process our veteran clients. This efficient processing enables the veterans to complete all of the required steps for care while at the Mission.
City Rescue’s goal for 2016 is to coordinate 1,000 units of housing for our veteran clients. Our ultimate goal is to establish stable housing for all of our nation’s heroes.
An eye-opening experience as CRM’s summer intern
Last summer, Lizzy participated in the summer internship program at City Rescue Mission. She was beginning her senior year of college and wanted to gain real-life experience in her field of interest. “I have worked with CRM in the past, but never really understood what a wonderful position they hold within OKC’s community,” Lizzy shares. “I had an amazing experience as an intern this past summer. I will never forget the relationships, experiences and stories that I gained from it.”
Through this internship, Lizzy was exposed to the realities of homelessness, and she gained a new understanding of how important it is to show love to everybody. “I noticed a huge difference in who I am as an individual,” she explains, “and also how I now view homelessness within our city due to my experience this summer.”
If you are interested in learning more about internship opportunities at City Rescue Mission, please contact Treina Castleberry at email@example.com or (405) 232-2709, ext. 110.