First responders, many of them just everyday folks, helping their neighbors long before the trained rescue organizations were on their way. God rejoices in seeing people coming together to help those in need.
Individuals and families were forced to leave their homes and also the city. Some of those who evacuated did so voluntarily before the mandatory evacuation. They fled near and far, often to families or friends but wherever they decided to stay, they were met with lots of assistance.
Crisis Ministries and other Irving non-profits immediately took to calling on supporters for additional items needed to support an increase in clients. We had much of the food we needed so we initially requested hygiene products then added non-perishables and financial assistance. Some people dropping off items said they had never given before but saw our sign and wanted to do something.
Supporters met the needs especially with the donation of hygiene products. Some families worked together to provide hygiene products with notes of encouragement attached.
Family time writing notes to evacuees.
Thank you friends and families for demonstrating love.
Success is measured in many ways, but there is one thing on which we can all agree. Success regardless of the endeavor requires that you be equipped. Such is the purpose of the annual Supplies for Success event held to support the students in Irving ISD.
Local non-profits and business come together on a single day and provide not only schools supplies, but also a wealth of information and services to families. The event is by invitation only and directed towards families with the greatest need.
We are thankful to the team from Irving Schools Foundation for chairing the event this past year. Crisis Ministries is blessed to be active participant in the planning of the event the last couple of years. This year we sponsored the snack bag and provided a few snacks to compliment the snacks provided by the IISD. Your donation dollars means that we can participate in events like this which brings awareness to the services we offer to those with a need.
One of the things we love the most is seeing the faces of the students and their parents when they see we have additional supplies at our tables. What a blessing to do what we do each day, offering hope!
The Boy Scouts of America are known for “youth with programs and activities that allow them to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards.”
Each year one such activity is “Scouting for Food” drive which helps local food pantries. The timing is critical each February as many pantries inventory are lower having met the needs over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Next time you see a Scout thank them for what they do. Support the food drive by filling bags and making them available for pick up on the prescribed Saturday each year.
You will not only be helping a Scout but you will be helping your community.
Ruby Sevcik“Scouting for Food” Helps Put Food on the Table
Each year we look for gaps in services in our local community. In 2016 we added hygiene as part of our offering. We have been assisting the road warriors in our area for years with hygiene products, but we had not taken that leap of faith to provide for other individuals and families. We started small with just a few hygiene items, a hygiene drive and then we partnered with Irving Bible Church.
They set up a tree with ornaments requesting things for the clients we serve. We chose full size shampoo as a need due to the many requests. How clever then for one of their team members to think of using trial size shampoo as the ornament with the need for full size shampoo on the reverse side.
We love our brothers and sisters who have the gift of creativeness and use it to help advance the Kingdom of God. We pray you will find favor with the Lord our God in the New Year.
Lions can often be scary and ferocious. They are powerful and with one swipe of their claw can take down even a fierce opponent. However, there is a different type of Lion. One that is caring and involved, seeking to help and improve quality of life. Of course we are speaking of Lions International.
Lions International is the world’s largest service club organization. Their members are ready to help in communities in various ways. Many who have heard of Lions Club are familiar with some of their work with vision, diabetes, environment and cancer but did not know they help with hunger?
As part of the Irving Noon Day Lions Club hunger outreach they support organizations like BBMOI Crisis Ministries. We at BBMOI Crisis Ministries have been a recipient over the years of donations from their club as well as individual members. This assistance allows us to provide groceries to families who are struggling.
Thank you Irving Noon Day Lions Club. We love and appreciate all you do for our community.