Friday, December 19, 2008

Presenting,... Our New Van

So, here it is! The new van. It is a 2001 GMC Safari in great condition. We have already put it to the test picking up food and gifts for our Christmas baskets. Today it had 98 turkeys and 500lbs. of potatoes in it. It performed very well. Soon our logos will be on it and it will be in full swing. Thank you again to those who contributed to our van fund. The money enabled us to register and insure the truck and do some repairs. We also thank the people who donated the truck. It is just what we needed, and the timing was amazing.



Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas whirlwind

The season is upon us! This is a busy time for us as we prepare for our Christmas baskets. We have been collecting food and gifts for kids for the past few months. Through The Open Door Church our food bank families with kids were "adopted". The people who adopted the family bought gifts for the kids in each household. Last weekend several of our people got together and boxed up the gifts which were delivered on Monday with the regular food supply.

This Monday coming we will deliver our Christmas food baskets. Each family will receive a full Christmas meal including turkey, potatoes, vegetables, gravy, etc. This is all in a effort to bring a little joy and hope to the families we serve on a regular basis.

Many people, churches and companies have helped us out this year with our Christmas initiative. Thank you to all who were involved.

On top of the Christmas busyness, we have been looking for a Van. Last weekend we had a 2001 GMC Safari donated to On Rock. We have collected about $3000 so far in the van fund, which will help pay for licensing and insurance as well as some repairs and modifications we need to make. Needless to say, we are blessed! Thank you all who have helped us out with this challenge that was before us.

We have truly witnessed that together, we can make a difference.



Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Making a difference at Christmas

It is amazing to me how generous people are at this time of year. We are now serving 90 families a week in the food bank and 100 lunches a week in the school lunch program. We do special food baskets at Christmas, giving each family a full Christmas dinner. Turkey, potatoes, veggies, juice, etc. We also started an "adopt a family initiative" to provide presents for the kids in our families.

Now, back to my amazement.... All of our families have been adopted. This means that all of our kids will be getting Christmas gifts. Moneys for the Christmas dinner has been coming in as well. Two months ago, we wondered , with the economy being what it is, if we would get enough funds to supply Christmas dinner for everyone. So far, we are on target with last year.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us out this year. We are truly making a difference.