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New Community Garden and curb appeal

Ringing the bell has begun!

Tis’ The Season Of Giving

The Christmas Season is a time where we all show the love that is in our hearts. It is a time to share with family and friends, but for many, family and friends are nowhere to be found. Reality is that dozens of adults, children and seniors will wake up Christmas morning at Mission Outreach thankful for a roof over their head, a warm bed to sleep in and for the support of the staff, volunteers and donors that give them hope for a better life.

“Twas the week before Christmas;
and I sat here and thought;
there are donors still out there;
who cannot have forgot;

The people who need us;
and count on this support;
with funding that’s given;
from our office off court;

With the need higher than ever;
every dollar truly counts;
from the individual donors;
to the workplace accounts.

If you haven’t yet donated;
there is still opportunity
to give and make a difference;
to so many in our community.

So give what you can;
but don’t not give at all;
because a gift is a gift;
and there’s no gift too small!”

Please consider making a donation to Mission Outreach that will allow us to continue to change lives of the impoverished in your community. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Annual Banquet Just One Week Away

The 3rd Annual Banquet for Mission Outreach will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at Red Goose Banquet in downtown Paragould.  The event, which will begin at 5:30 PM, will be a celebration of the lives changed by Mission Outreach.  This year Governor Mike Beebe will be the special guest and speak towards solving hunger and homelessness in the Delta of Arkansas.

Make sure you are part of this wonderful event by calling Jeremy Biggs at 236-8080 today to reserve your seat.  Tickets and only $40 and tables of 8 are still available for $300.  There are plenty of ways for your business to be involved as well, including sponsorship and silent auction donations.

Adopt A Night Program Is Off And Running

This could be the night you save or change a life in our community.  We want to add your name or your business’ name to our Adopt a Night calendar.

Every night up to 60 men, women and children will call Mission Outreach home.  YOU HAVE THE POWER TO PROVIDE a night of safety, warmth and food for one night.  Mission Outreach also equips individuals with the tools needed to succeed in life such as responsibility, attitude, parenting, financial management and job readiness skills. This comprehensive approach enables an individual to become self-sufficient.

Your gift of $215 will provide a warm bed, two meals and the structured learning environment detailed above to 60 individuals in our shelter. In addition your tax-deductible donation will provide up to 40 meals per day to non-shelter in our community who face food insecurity.  You or your business will be recognized during the evening and will also be mentioned in multiple publications by Mission Outreach, as well as on our sponsor board at our shelter.

Please call Jeremy or Jamie at 870-236-8080 for more information on our Adopt a Night program.  You may also click on the folloing link to watch a story by KAIT Region 8 News regarding this program.  http://www.kait8.com/story/22542508/mission-outreach-starts-new-program-to-help-with-high-demand

Nearly 10,000 Pounds Of Food Collected Over The Weekend

The Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive was a huge success again this year!  A total of over 28,000 pounds was collected on Saturday from residents across Greene County. Mission Outreach was blessed to be part of this great effort to end hunger in our community.  ”What these letter carriers do in a single day is just amazing, they work hard collecting all of this food and we are very appreciative of their dedication to make sure those in need have food” said Jeremy Biggs, Development Director of Mission Outreach.

The food collected included canned vegetables, fruit, meat, boxed meals, peanut butter, rice, pasta and more.  This should help supply both the pantry and soup kitchen at Mission Outreach for up to 90 days. Other organizations who took part in the food drive include Griffin Memorial Methodist Church and Compassion Outreach. Thanks to all who donated and a big thank you to all U.S. Postal employees!

Postal Carriers Food Drive Is Saturday May 11th

The Annual Postal Carriers Food Drive to Stamp Out Hunger will take place Saturday, May 11th.  Be sure to watch your mailbox over the coming days for a donation bag to place your canned goods and other non-perishable food items in.  Donations will be picked up by your postal carrier and then sorted distributed to local food pantries that day.

Mission Outreach is blessed to once again be selected as a recipient of the collected food items.  Last year nearly 30,000 pounds of food was collected and Mission Outreach received over 12,000 pounds of from the food drive.  Remember to place your donations in or near your mailbox on Saturday May 11th.

Cold Weather Brings In More Residents

Recently, the weather outside has indeed been frightful with over ten inches of snow and temperatures in the twenties.  The brutal weather condition outside translate into more people seeking a bed inside.  Mission Outreach has seen increases in the number residents staying in the shelter over the past two weeks and it is expected this trend will continue for at least thirty more days.

 

KAIT News recently did a story on the effects of cold weather and how demand for our programs and services has remained high.  Please click on the link to view the story.  Click Here

Teleflora Employees Help To Improve Lives

Recently, over 62 employees from Teleflora volunteered their time over a two-day time period to completely remodel the Women’s Dorm at Mission Outreach.  The remodel included new carpet, paint, light fixtures, ceiling tiles and appliances.

The Women’s Dorm encompasses over 2,800 square feet and can house up to 24 women on any given night.  ”I woke up happy for the first time since I have been staying here”, said one female resident referring to the difference the project made.  The existing carpets had been in place for over 12 years and some bedrooms didn’t even have an overhead light installed.

The project was made possible through a $5,000 donation from the Resnick Family Foundation and Teleflora.  Employees from Teleflora gave a total of 806 volunteer hours to this project.

The staff, board of directors and especially the residents of Mission Outreach are grateful for the dedication and support of the employees of Teleflora as they have truly changed lives.